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Pelú, Pilo

Sophora cassioides

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Description

It is a small evergreen tree native to central and southern Chile. It grows in shady places with abundant humidity. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant, since it produces very showy yellow flowers in abundance in spring. Its wood is used in pieces that must be resistant, as handles of tools, but it is not used in construction nor as firewood.

State of conservation

Minor Concern

Division

Magnoliophyta

Order

Fabales

Family

Fabaceae

Foliar regimen

Perennial

Growth

Maximum size 10 meters.

Rate of growth Medium.

Blooming time

August – October

Flower color

Yellow

Sun exposure

Grows in shady places

Temperature

It resists low temperatures (-8°C), it can tolerate occasional snowfall and snow cover for a couple of weeks a year.

Hydric regimen

It grows in humid places on the banks of swamps, with constant rainfall.

Type of soil

Deep soils

Uses

Wood, ornamental

Distribution

From the province of Petorca (Valparaíso region) to the south of the Palena River (Aysén region) between 5 and 900 m.a.s.l.

Habitat and association

Drimys Winteri, Peumus Boldus, Caldcluvia Paniculata, Laurelia Sempervirens, Embothrium Coccineum, Aextoxicon Punctatum and several Myrtaceae.

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