Qiwiña

 

The qiwiña tree or polyepis can be found all over the Ecuador highlands.  From far away it looks like a gnarly shedding tree but when you look close up you will notice that its bark is paper thin!  To the touch it feels like tissue paper and flakes apart just like puff pastry.

 

 

If you head to Cajas National Park look closely at your surroundings.

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