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Radal, Nogal Silvestre

Lomatia hirsuta

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Description

This persistent foliage tree grows in the warm temperate forests of Chile and Argentina. It can be found from the region of Coquimbo to the region of Los Lagos. Its infusion is used for the treatment of respiratory diseases of obstructive nature, such as cough, bronchial asthma, and bronchitis.

State of conservation

No MMA information

Division

Magnoliophyta

Order

Proteals

Family

Proteaceae

Foliar regimen

Perennial

Growth

Maximum height size 15 meters.

Rapid growth rate.

Blooming time

October and early December.

Flower color

Whitish

Sun exposure

From full sun, without any protection such as flat parts or northern exposure slopes, to full shade in deep ravines running south with additional shade from trees, or with a very dense top layer of vegetation that provides shade of approximately 80 – 100% coverage.

Temperature

It resists temperatures down to -15°c (even -20°c). It can be covered for months (1 to 8) by snow.

Hydric regimen

Areas with constant rainfall, short dry periods are possible but do not last more than 1 month. or secano areas, where the period without rainfall lasts 3-5 months, reaching 400-800 mm per year, concentrated in winter.

Type of soil

Colonizes degraded soils.

Uses

Medicinal

Distribution

It grows in the foothills of both mountain ranges, from the Coquimbo region to Chiloé (Los Lagos region) from 150 – 1200 m.a.s.l.

Habitat and association

As a component of the Valdivian rainforest it grows associated with laurelia sempervirens, laureliopsis philippiana, weinmannia trichosperma, persea lingue, drimys winteri and some myrtaceae.

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