… or Monkey Puzzle tree as it’s called in England. The plant collector Menzies, who was on board of the Discovery, is said to have been given a few nuts of the Araucaria in 1795 in Chile. He planted them in the ground, and when small trees had grown from the nuts thirty years later, an onlooker is said to have shouted: ‘Climbing this tree would puzzle a monkey!’ And the sharp needles do indeed make this plant rather untouchable. Incidentally, no monkeys live in the area where the Araucarias grow… The Araucaria comes from the Andes mountain range in South America. The species name Araucaria is derived from the Araucaria area in Chile.
When you purchase your Plants-of-the-World Araucaria araucana you will receive a puzzle. Why? “Climbing this tree would puzzle a monkey!” The sharp needles make it really impossible to climb this tree to get the seeds out of the husk. Hence the name monkey sorrow or Monkey Puzzle. The solution is patience. They fall down on their own. How much patience do you have in solving the puzzle?