Special Closure

Due to the 58th Presidential Inauguration, the U.S. Botanic Garden will be closed January 18-21, 2017. We will reopen at 10 a.m. on January 22.

Palo de Cruz

Plant Botanical Name: 
Brownea ariza
USBG Plant Location: 
Conservatory
Conservatory Room Location: 
Plant Adaptations

Brownea ariza is a tropical tree native to Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The wood is very hard and resistant to termites so it was used in buildings and crafts. Many parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine.