ARAUCÁRIA TREE(Araucaria angustifolia)*CHARACTERISTICS: High trees with 20m-25m of height,cylindrical trunkwith thick and rough bark and diameter between90cm-180cm.The leaves are simple,lanceolate,glabrous,leathery, dark green, with spiny apex measuring 3cm-6cm long and 10 mm wide.Young trees have a conicalshaped crown and adult trees have a characteristic cupshape crown.Flowers of male trees are distributed interminal streight cones.The female trees have flowersdistributed in cones at the apex of the branchesprotected by numerous leaves too much near from eachother, each cone with 100-150 seeds(pinions).*OCCURRENCE : Minas Gerais & Rio de Janeiro toRio Grande do Sul.*HABITAT : Forest of “Araucária”.*PROPAGATION : Seeds(pinions).
*WOOD : Soft,light and no durable when exposed to weather.*FLOWERING : September-October.*FRUITING : April-May.*THREATS : Extinction by habitat destruction and indiscriminate exploration.*UTILITIES : Nowadays,the “Araucária”tree exploration is controlled by the Brazilian Government. The trees are usedin paper production and for furniture making.The seeds are used as human food . Because of its size,the “Araucária” treeis used in the composition of parks and gardens.*OTHER NAMES : Pine,Brazilian Pine, Monkey Pine, Paraná Pine,“Caiová” Pine, “Curí”, “Curiuva”, “São José” Pine,Missions Pine.
CREDITS : *IMAGES : Internet & own archive. *TEXT : Search on Internet . *MUSIC : “Flight of Fantasy”,from : Yanni.
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