A cypress tree that is valued for its timber.
- Several species in the family Cupressaceae
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- The Edenic Río Manso Valley, at the southern tip of South America, is pure Patagonia - high, open country surrounded by ancient alerce forests (think redwoods) and populated by gauchos and trout.
- Although the alerce (larch) is the dominant tree, the park also has other species.
- The alerce is unique to the coastal temperate rainforests of southern Chile and the mountains of western Argentina.
mid 19th century: from Spanish, 'larch'.