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Bits and Pieces from Buenos Aires

Trees of BA: The Ombú

January 15, 2013

The Phytolacca dioica or ombú is a typical Argentine tree, closely associated with the gauchos of the Pampas, who welcomed its 12 to 15 metres wide umbrella-like shade. Its trunk is soft and hardly can be considered wood. In spite of reaching 10 to 15 metres tall, some argue if it is really a tree or just a big herb. It is widely used for bonsai.

Ombú in Plaza Barrancas de Belgrano


Ombú leaves and fruit


Ombú flower

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