monkey-puzzle


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mon·key-puz·zle

(mŭng′kē-pŭz′əl)
n.
A coniferous evergreen tree (Araucaria araucana) native to Chile and Argentina, having whorled branches covered with scalelike, overlapping, sharp-pointed leaves.

[Perhaps from the obstacle its intertwined branches would pose.]
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But analysis of a Peruvian mummy dating back to 1200 reveals it was embalmed with tree resin from a relative of the Monkey-Puzzle, only found in New Guinea.
I was delighted to make my contribution to the garden by donating a Chilean monkey-puzzle tree which can grow to a height of 15 metres.
Owners planted species from around the world: cedars, maples, welling tonias, monkey-puzzles, eucalyptus - even English beech.