This unusual spice is endemic to Chile and grows from the Coquimbo region to the Maule region, on hills of the coastal and mountain ranges. It is a characteristic plant of the sclerophyllous shrubland, frequent on slopes, in dry or stony areas.
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Maximum height size 8 meters.
Slow growth rate.
To full sun without any protection. Flat parts or slopes with northern exposure.
Resists temperatures of -8°c.
Secano, where the dry period without rainfall lasts 3-5 months. Rainfall reaches 400 - 800 mm per year, concentrated in winter. or in secano areas, where the dry period without rainfall lasts 6 - 10 months. Rainfall reaches 100 - 300 mm per year, concentrated in winter.
Very stony to slightly stony soils.
Inland valleys, coastal mountain range, between 500 to 2000 m.a.s.l. from the north of the Coquimbo Region to Talca.