… 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.