Girish Mahajan

Luma chequen

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Myrtaceae
Scientific name  Luma chequen
Rank  Species
Order  Myrtales
Genus  Luma
Higher classification  Luma
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Similar  Luma, Myrtaceae, Myrceugenia, Blepharocalyx cruckshanksii, Myrceugenia exsucca

Luma chequen (White Chilean Myrtle) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Luma in the family Myrtaceae, native to the central Andes mountains between Chile and Argentina, at latitudes located 30 to 41° South. Synonyms include Eugenia chequen Molina, Myrtus chequen (Molina) Spreng., and Luma gayana (Barn.) Burret. Common names in Spanish include Chequén, Huillipeta, and Arrayán Blanco (White Myrtle).

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It is a shrub (rarely a small tree) growing to 9 m tall, with dull grey-brown bark (unlike the smooth red bark of the related Luma apiculata). It is evergreen, with small fragrant oval leaves 0.5-2.5 cm long and 0.3-1.5 cm broad, and white flowers in early to mid summer. Its fruit is an edible dark purple berry 1 cm in diameter, ripe in early autumn.

Luma chequen Luma chequen Molina AGray 1854 MYRTACEAE Sinnimos E Flickr

It has been introduced as ornamental in the North Pacific Coast of the United States.

Luma chequen Luma Chequen from Burncoose Nurseries
Luma chequen Luma chequen Arboles ChileBosque
Luma chequen Luma chequen Myrtaceae image 27118 at PlantSystematicsorg
Luma chequen Luma chequen Arboles ChileBosque

References

Luma chequen Wikipedia


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