Garden Closed

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is temporarily closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whenever possible, the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the USBG website for updates to operating status. Many resources can still be accessed online, including educational worksheets and manuals, fact sheets and more, and some of our programs will also be made available online. Find online resources at 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.