This dry tree inhabits arid forests in a wide area of south-central South America. In Chile it extends from the Arica and Parinacota Region to the Coquimbo Region. The seeds and fruits of this tree are edible for people and animals, and the yellow wood is used for carpentry.
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Size 7 meters high.
Relatively fast growth rate
September to October.
Orange yellow with red streaks.
Tolerates short frosts down to -13°c. Adapts to desert conditions with extreme temperatures up to 40°c.
Resistant to drought in arid areas, living in dry land or with low rainfall. Resists low amounts of water.
It grows in marginal and degraded soils, adapted to highly saline soils where sulfates and carbonates dominate.
Human and animal food, wood.
In Chile, from the province of Arica (I region) to the province of Elqui (IV region), up to 2300 m.a.s.l.
Arid forests accompanied by carob trees (prosopis chilensis) and quebracho (senna candolleana).