This odd looking "pine" tree (which isn't actually a pine) is the symbol of the state of Paraná in a number of different ways. Of course, it shares the name with the state of Parana.
As the tree gets older, the lower branches drop off so that the tree does not carry any unnecessary dead wood. The top branches fan out to grab what light they can. Thus, the tree develops this unique shape.
More extensive information is available from:
Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology
The photo at right was taken near Peabiru. However, the photo in the fog was taken near Rio Negrinho, Santa Catarina, as the range of the tree actually does go somewhat further south than the state of Paraná.
Unfortunately over-logging and conversion of vast areas of southern Brasil into farm land have eliminated huge areas of the forests once made up of these trees. Scattered samples are preserved in farm land otherwise void of any trees - but apparently this makes it difficult for trees to reproduce. Thus, the tree that has become the emblem of the state is also regarded as a species at risk there.
Gralha Azul ( blue jay ).. State Bird of Parana and protected by Law.
many people believe, Gralha Azul picks the seed out of the pine- cones and planting them, the bird pouches the seed in his/her grob and plants it for a time of need in a manner humans could be proud of, just the right depth and neatly covered, when the time is right and the old Gralha has forgotten...the seeds start to sprout.and a new Pines Brasilensis... Pinhao or Pinheiro=Auracaria angustifiola is born.
there is more in the next chapter
the Gralha Azul is on the list of endagered spezies.
o Pinhao ...pinheiro do parana
a very old speciment of Tree, Pine tree actually. 19 species are known today, many of them to be found in the southern hemisphere and Brazil has it fair share. a beautiful tree, I love it, ancient actually..growing when dinos roamed the earth. the Pinhao grows tall, very tall..gives a lot of shade and great cones, wonderful to burn giving warmth and that scent......and the crackling in open fires.
the Tree is a very though nut, it grows even at an altitude of around 920m above sea level. have a look at the next tip......Canela in Rio Grande do Sul standing 870m above sea level
in Parana.....here my friends house in Palmeiras.
when visiting, in all of the Countryside in Brasil, just clapp your hands and wait till someone ask you in.
bad taste just walking onto the property
oh and when you have to clean your nose, don't do in front of people.....that is considered rude, go outside or to the Bathroom
...personally I think, that Gralha Azul has planted that tree..which human could have thought of such a place to plant a tree, eh!! 920 meters above sea level at Canela -Rio Grande do Sul
the Tree has such a majestic presenst, it enhances every Landscape
the Tree I loved the most, we have a couple here in Christchurch New Zealand/Hagley Park and they always remind me of Brasil
Although we were staying on the Argentinian side of the falls, we did have the opportunity to drop...more
Good comfortable rooms overlooking Japan park. The room stay features complimentary breakfast...more
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