But I just came back from the southern hemisphere, where it is winter, and in an Argentine climate much wetter than my own home climate but close in temperature ranges, the now-barren silk floss trees grow abundantly along nearly every important boulevard in Buenos Aires and Rosario. With more water, the trees have more pronounced bellies and exaggerated limbs. In fact, the Argentines have a better name for them that we have in the US: Palo Barracho, drunken stick.
|A palo barracho between a restaurant and the Paraná River, in Santa Fe, Argentina.|
|Palos barrachos line the streets near the ports on the Paraná in Rosario, Argentina.|
|The trees are covered with large, exaggerated thorns.|
|I loved this strip of road protected for those learning to drive, complete with all sorts of road signs. Palos barrachos provide shade during the summer and architectural interest in the winter. Notice the large, hanging seed pods.|
|A palo barracho on a main street in Rosario, Argentina demonstrating my favorite aspect of these trees: personality.|