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Temu, Palo Colorado

Blepharocalyx cruckshanksii

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Endemic to Chile and a small sector in western Argentina. It extends from the V region of Valparaiso in the north to the X region of Los Lagos in the south. It grows in very humid soils along with other myrtaceae. It is a very scarce species. The city of Temuco is named after this tree.

State of conservation

No MMA information







Foliar regimen



Maximum height size 15 meters

Average growth rate.

Blooming time

From the end of December to the end of February.

Flower color


Sun exposure

In the shade. steep south-facing slopes, deep ravines. or protection by dense vegetation layer under large trees. or full shade in deep ravines running south with additional shade from trees. or with a very dense upper vegetation layer that provides shade.


Resists occasional, not prolonged frosts down to about -5°c.

Hydric regimen

It grows in water or is found with its roots within a permanent watercourse. It corresponds to meadows, watercourses, lake edges, swamps, or in areas with constant rainfall, short dry periods are possible, but do not last more than 1 month.

Type of soil

Grows in very humid soils


Ornamental, edible plant


From the province of Petorca (Valparaíso region) to the province of Llanquihue (Los Lagos region), on the coast, inland valleys and coastal mountain range, from 0 to 400 m.a.s.l.

Habitat and association

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