Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria); Cone forming. Invermay, Dunedin, NZ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related 9 thoughts on “Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria); Cone forming. Invermay, Dunedin, NZ” Add yours Great photo! You guys really have a wide variety of plants down in New Zealand, don’t you? 🙂 Reply Well we only have about 2500 native species, but until 1993 people brought in lots of plants yes. I think there are about 50,000 exotic species here inc. 2000 weeds. In ’93 the Biosecurity Act was introduced which has not really made much difference for the weeds but almost impossible to legally get new plants in-country. Reply When our children were younger, they loved looking out for MPTs as they called them! That looks an impressive specimen. Reply It is a lovely example. It starts coning around 25 years and this tree lacked old cones so this must be its first year. Reply I will call them MPTs from now on! Reply Wow, what an intricate and neat tree. Reply Thanks, yes it perfectly illustrates how the Fibonacci spiral is encoded in plant branching pattern. Reply With a name like that it has to be an interesting tree. Reply It has all these nasty downward-pointing spines, but the female trees do have huge nut-bearing cones as in the pic so it must be tempting.Apparently seeds are wind-dispersed. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.