89. El Valle de Anton
Dear reader Mandy suggested that I look up Snapple “Real Fact” #887.
The “Valley of Square Trees” in Panama is the only known place in the world where trees have rectangular trunks.
So I looked into it. And it turns out, yes, these trees are rectangles!
El Valle de Anton (commonly called “El Valle”) is a town in the Cocle province of Panama. It has one main road and – according to Wikipedia – “a very small museum, as well as a small zoo, a small serpentarium, and a garden displaying 100 native local orchid species.” This sounds like a prime tourist attraction. Check that serpentarium!
But, most importantly, this town is home to a grove of square trunked trees.
Now let’s look at some rectangles.
These trees are members of the Cottonwood family. FYI, the Cottonwood happens to be the Kansas state tree. Here’s a normal Cottonwood:
And here, ladies and gentlemen, is a square one: