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Araucaria araucana monkey puzzle

The origin of the popular English language name Monkey-puzzle derives from its early cultivation in Britain in about 1850, when the species was still very rare in gardens and not widely known. The proud owner of a young specimen at Pencarrow garden near Bodmin in Cornwall was showing it to a group of friends, and one made the remark "It would puzzle a monkey to climb that"; as the species had no existing popular name, first 'monkey-puzzler', then 'monkey-puzzle' stuck.[5]


In France it is known as désespoir des singes or 'monkeys' despair'. The species Mapuche name Pehuén is now becoming more widely used as an alternative common name in English


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Taken on March 24, 2012