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Lúcumo Chileno, Lucumillo

Pouteria splendens

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Description

It is an endemic tree of Chile, in the central zone. This species is facing conservation problems. Currently there are only three surviving specimens in only three growing areas between the Valparaíso and Coquimbo regions. The conservation of this tree is difficult because it only grows in coastal areas that are more exposed to the impact of tourism projects, real estate, roads, forest fires and droughts that could reduce its presence to a critical level.

State of conservation

Endangered

Division

Magnoliophyta

Order

Ericales

Family

Sapotaceae

Foliar regimen

Perennial

Growth

Maximum size: 5 meters

Growth rate: Unknown.

Blooming time

Spring to summer.

Flower color

Solitary, small yellow and white flowers.

Sun exposure
Temperature

Chilean coastal sclerophyllous forest.

Hydric regimen

Semiarid, relative humidity stable throughout the year.

Type of soil

Dry ravines with fog influence.

Uses

Edible animal, ornamental, medicinal fruit.

Distribution

From Puerto Oscuro, Coquimbo to San Antonio.

Habitat and association

Coastal border ravines.

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