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Arrayan, Palo Colorado

Luma apiculata

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Description

It grows in warm forests of Chile and Argentina, especially along watercourses. In Chile it is distributed from the Valparaíso Region to the Aysén Region. It tends to grow as a very branched bush, but in certain places there are forests where they reach up to 20 meters in height.

State of conservation

No Mma Information 

Division

Magnoliophyta

Order

Myrtales

Family

Myrtaceae

Foliar regimen

Perennial

Growth

Size 20 meters.

Relatively fast growth rate.

Blooming time

Major flowering between January – May.

Flower color

White flowers

Sun exposure

Expose to some shade. with some protection from the sun by thin vegetation, rocks, etc.

Temperature

It resists occasional frosts (temperatures down to -5°c), it does not resist snow.

Hydric regimen

It grows in very humid soils, such as riverbanks and lakes, where it even appears submerged.

Type of soil

Moist soils, neutral pH.

Uses

Ornamental, edible, wood, honey species.

Distribution

In Chile it grows between the province of Elqui (IV region) and the province of Aysén (XI region), in both mountain ranges and in the central valley, from almost sea level to 1000 m.a.s.l.

Habitat and association

In the Valdivian forest it is associated with eucryphia cordifolia, gevuina avellana, laurelia sempervirens, drimys winteri, lomatia ferruginea, weinmannia trichosperma and nothofagus dombeyi.

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