Friday, May 11, 2007


The Ombú (Phytolacca dioica) is a native "tree" from Uruguay, Argentina and the area called "Pampa".
From the botanical point of view, the Ombú is an herb because of the characteristics of its wood: it can not be used for carpentry, to make furniture, or any kind of manufacturing.
On the other hand: it does not die after flowering as the usual herbs, and it grows for many years to become a big tree, year after year making a full cicle of reproduction serveral times. It can reach very big dimensions and live for centuries.
Even is larger than the famous Baobab that tried to take that little planet of our Little Prince.

Here is a picture taken a few weeks ago, of two Ombu in their natural place:

To really see some great ombues its a good idea to visit the "Monte de Ombúes" in Rocha, Uruguay. It is a protected forest, and is the bigger in the world of this specie.