Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Pau Brasil, Goeldi Museum
I was surprised to find this Pau Brasil (Brazil Wood) tree planted on the Museu Goeldi property, right downtown Belem, a city of nearly two million people. I was even more surprised to see that it had been planted by Getulio Vargas, President of the Republic of Brazil in 1940. That seems like a long time ago, but for a tree, no way. Nevertheless, I would have expected the tree to be larger given its age. Pau Brasil is probably the most famous tree in this country. Why? Refer to earlier posts on the subject.