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Luma apiculata (Chilean myrtle)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Luma
Species: L. apiculata
Binomial name: Luma apiculata
Synonyms: Eugenia affinis, Eugenia apiculata, Eugenia cuspidate, .
Eugenia ebracteata, Eugenia gilliesii, Eugenia hookeri, Eugenia luma,
Eugenia modesta, Eugenia mucronata, Eugenia palenae, Eugenia proba, Eugenia spectabilis, Luma gilliesii, Luma hookeri, Luma spectabilis, Myrceugenella apiculata, Myrceugenella grandjotii, Myrceugenia apiculata, Myrtus chekenilla, Myrtus chequenilla,
Common names: Chilean myrtle, Arrayán, Orange-wood, Shortleaf stopper, Palo Colorado, Temu

Luma apiculata is a vigorous, bushy, evergreen tree in the myrtle family, native to the central Andes between Chile and Argentina, at 33 to 45° south latitude. It grows slowly, forming a small tree of around 10 to 15 m, rarely 20 m. 
Its trunk appears twisted and contorted and has smooth bark, coloured grey to warm orange-brown bark which peels as the tree grows. 
It has small, fragrant, waxy, dark green, oval leaves 2.0 to 2.5 cm long and 1.5 cm broad that when crushed they. give off a pleasant scent.
Clusters of fragrant, white flowers appear in early to midsummer. 
Its fruit is an edible black or blue berry 1.0 cm in diameter, ripe in early autumn.

 


 

An opening flower.


The top surface of a leaf.


The leaves underside. There are small hairs on the lower margin.


The trunk with orange-brown bark which peels as the tree grows. 


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