Opening/Closure Status

All outdoor gardens are currently open. The Conservatory and public restrooms remain closed, due to the closure of the U.S. Capitol campus buildings. Please monitor www.USBG.gov for updates on operating status. USBG resources can be accessed online, including educational materials, virtual tours, and online programs by visiting www.USBG.gov/AtHome.

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.