Spaghetti tree

Spaghetti trees are an important commercial crop plant and well-known example of where money almost literally grows on trees. Although they can be grown worldwide, the best quality and flavour comes from the mountainous Alpine regions of Switzerland and Italy. In the 1950s, after many years of dedicated breeding, the Alpine farmers enjoyed a spaghetti heyday, producing pasta of perfectly uniform size and taste. They had also all but eradicated the spaghetti weevil that had such a devastating effect on the crop in other areas.

Scientific name: Spagosus pastara

Rank: Species

Common names:

Pasta tree

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The following habitats are found across the Spaghetti tree distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Mountain grassland Mountain grassland
Mountain grasslands such as those in the Ethiopian highlands, on the Tibetan Plateau and up in the Andes, include the alpine tundra above the treeline as well as grasslands below it. These high altitude grasslands often exist as isolated 'islands' in a sea of another habitat type.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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