This is a close up of a Monkey Puzzle tree (which has the delightful scientific name of Araucaria araucana… just say it outloud, it’s brilliant). It’s natural home is Chile in South America, and yet it somehow found it’s way into England sometime in the mid-19th Century.
The Monkey Puzzle tree got its name from a comment made by one Charles Austin during a visit to Pencarrow House in Cornwall, where the first Chilean Pine (as it was previously known) was grown. He claimed that the spiky leaves would be a puzzle for a monkey, and the name “monkey puzzle” stuck.
There, now that’s more about the Monkey Puzzle tree than I think any of us thought I would be able to offer. Enjoy.