Muchi ( Schinus montanus ). It is a shrub of a cashew family of about 2 m. high and up to 6 mm in diameter.
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- 1 Description
- 2 uses
- 3 Growth and environment
- 4 Environmental conditions
- 1 Habitat according to elevation
- 2 Water conditions
- 3 Light conditions
- 5 Propagation data
- 6 Sources
It is a shrub of a cashew family of about 2 m. high, it has smooth branches, glabrous, ashen. Its leaves are persistent, alternate, simple, leathery, broadly ovate, obtuse or slightly apiculate at the top, wavy or crenate at the margin, 2 to 3.5 cm. long by 1.5 to 2.8 cm. Wide. The inflorescence is in dense clusters, shorter than the leaves; flowers unisexual or hermaphrodite, pentámeras, small cream white. Its fruit is a purple globose drupe, up to 6 mm. In diameter.
It is one of the plants with good ornamental value.
Growth and environment
It is an endemic species of Chile , which grows in the low mountains of the central zone, especially between the provinces of Aconcagua to Santiago .
This plant is developed in the following environmental conditions:
Habitat according to elevation
- Average elevation (up to the edge of the forest). (absolute elevation depends on latitude)
- Coastal mountain range, 500 – 2000 m.
- Dry, where the period without precipitation lasts 3 – 5 months. The precipitations reach 400 – 800 mm annually, concentrating in winter .
- It develops exposed to full sun without any protection on flat parts or slopes of northern exposure.
- This species has the following cold resistance:
- The plant resists low temperatures (-8 ° C), it can tolerate occasional snowfall and snow cover for a couple of weeks a year. Equivalent to USDA Climate Zone 8. It is easy to grow, its germination is good between 60 and 80%