We continue our journey around the world in search of the most unusual trees. To see them we will visit Mexico, Bahrain, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. In the article we will post photos and short information about these trees, and to get a better look at them, we will post short videos about them at the end of the article. Happy reading and viewing!

 

Tule tree | The thickest tree

Tule Tree (The Tree of Tule)

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Tule Tree (The Tree of Tule)

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Tule Tree (The Tree of Tule)

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Tule Tree (The Tree of Tule)

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Tule Tree (The Tree of Tule)

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The Tree of Tule is known for having the thickest trunk of any tree in the world. This tree grows in Mexico in the state of Oaxaca, in the city of Santa Maria del Tule on the square next to the church. This tree is Taxodium mexican or Mexican cypress.

In 2005, the tree trunk was measured to have a circumference of 42 meters and a diameter of 14,05 meters, slightly larger than in 1982 (an increase in trunk diameter of almost 1,5 meters). That is, over time, the tree becomes thicker. The height of the tree is very difficult to measure due to its wide crown, but it is believed to be 35,4 meters, having become somewhat lower in recent decades.

Initially, due to the thickness of the tree, it was believed that these were several different fused trees, but then DNA tests confirmed the fact that it was still one tree.

The age of the tree is unknown and is, according to various estimates, from 1200 to 3000 years, and according to one of the hypotheses – about 6000 years.

The thickest tree has the unofficial nickname "tree of life" due to the images of various animals that can supposedly be distinguished on its trunk.

The Tule tree has been declared a natural monument by the Mexican government.

 

Tree of life | The loneliest tree

Tree of Life

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Tree of Life

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Tree of Life

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Tree of Life

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Tree of Life

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The Tree of Life at first glance seems like an unremarkable tree. However, this tree native to Bahrain is a local tourist attraction with about 65000 visitors annually. The Bahrain Tree of Life is notable for being the only large tree growing on a barren hillside in the Arabian Desert. No vegetation is visible for miles around.

It is unknown how the tree survives. Bahrain has virtually no rain throughout the year. However, the loneliest tree is profusely covered in green leaves.

It is believed that the roots go to a depth of 50 meters, which may be enough to reach the water. It is also said that the tree has learned to extract moisture from grains of sand. And some people claim that the tree stands in what was once the Garden of Eden and therefore has a more mystical source of water.

This 10-meter tree is called Prosopis cineraria, also known as ghaf. These trees are distributed from India to Saudi Arabia, and are also found in Yemen and Indonesia. The yellow resin of the trees is used to make candles, fragrances, and chewing gum; tree beans are processed into flour, jam and wine.

In 2009, The Tree of Life was nominated for inclusion in the list of "New 7 wonders of nature", but did not pass the selection. In the 1991 film "Los Angeles Story" Steve Martin calls this tree one of the most mystical places on earth.

 

Chilean pine | Monkey puzzle tree

Chilean Araucaria, or Chilean pine (Chilean pine), or Monkey Puzzle Tree (monkey puzzle tree)

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Chilean Araucaria, or Chilean pine (Chilean pine), or Monkey Puzzle Tree (monkey puzzle tree)

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Chilean Araucaria, or Chilean pine (Chilean pine), or Monkey Puzzle Tree (monkey puzzle tree)

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Chilean Araucaria, or Chilean pine (Chilean pine), or Monkey Puzzle Tree (monkey puzzle tree)

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Chilean Araucaria, or Chilean pine (Chilean pine), or Monkey Puzzle Tree (monkey puzzle tree)

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Araucaria Chilean or Chilean pine (Chilean pine) is an unusual coniferous tree that has no analogues on the planet. The leaves of this tree are so hard and prickly that birds prefer not to sit on them. Even the trunk of a young tree is completely covered with thorns.

Why is it called the "puzzle for the monkey" (monkey puzzle tree)? This popular name originated in Great Britain around 1850, when this type of tree was still very rare and little known in the gardens of Europe. Once the owner of a young specimen of araucaria, who lived in Cornwall (in the south-west of Great Britain), showed the tree to his friends, one of them said: "Climbing this tree would be a real puzzle even for a monkey". Since this species did not have an existing popular name, the second name of the tree has taken root since then – "monkey puzzle".

This is a very large tree, some specimens reach a height of 60 meters, with a trunk diameter of up to 1,5 meters. His homeland is Chile and the western part of Argentina. As an ornamental tree, the Chilean pine is common in Western Europe.

The crown of young trees is pyramidal, and its lower branches lie directly on the ground. With age, the lower branches usually fall off. The lateral branches of mature trees are horizontal, and the crown becomes flat-umbrella, located only at the top of the trunk.

 

Cashew Piranji | Tree grove

Cashew of Pirangi

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Cashew of Pirangi

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Cashew of Pirangi

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Cashew of Pirangi

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Cashew of Pirangi

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The giant cashew tree Piranji is known throughout the world as the world's largest cashew tree. It covers an area of ​​about 8500 square meters (0,85 hectares), and the circumference of the tree is 488 meters. Its size is equivalent to 70 ordinary cashew trees. This giant tree yields 70000-80,000 cashew nuts annually, which is approximately 2,5 tons.

Cashew Piranji grows in the east of Brazil, on the beach of Piranji, near the city of Natal. The tree looks like a whole grove.

Instead of growing upwards, the branches of this tree grow laterally and curve downwards over time due to the weight. When the branches touch the ground, they begin to take root, and then begin to grow again, as if they were the trunks of another tree.

Interesting fact

In 1994, the Piranji cashew tree entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest cashew tree in the world.

Because of its enormous size, this tree is a popular tourist attraction in Brazil. Paths for tourists are laid between the branches of the tree, and near the tree there is a viewing platform popular among tourists.

We talked about this amazing tree in detail in separate article. It should be noted that another cashew tree from Brazil also claims the title of “the largest cashew tree in the world”. We also talked about this in detail in the same article.

 

Tule tree (Mexico)

 

Tree of Life (Bahrain)

 

Monkey puzzle tree

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