Beilschmiedia miersii , an evergreen tree in the Lauraceae from central Chile from 30 to 35 lat. S., up to 1200 meters (4000 ft) above sea level and lives under very dry conditions. Reaches 25 meters (82 ft) height and 80 cm (31 in) diameter. Straight and cylindrical trunk. Gray-brownish bark.
Leaves are simple, opposite and subopposite, aovate to aovate-elliptical, entire margin, undulate, above dark lustrous, below glaucous, apex obtuse to emarginate, base obtuse to slightly subcordate, laminae about 4-11 x 1,5-5 cm, petioles very pubescent about 5-10 mm long. Flowers hermaphrodite, in inflorescences about 3-10 cm; pedicelate about 2-5 mm, yellow greenish, tepals pubescent and fleshy, style ends in a stigma papilose and obtuse.
It is locally used as ornamental. Its fruit is a brown drupe when ripe and is used for feeding pigs. Even it has been planted and acclimatized in Spain, but rarely seen in that country.
Hechenleitner, P., M. Gardner, P. Thomas, C. Echeverria, B. Escobar, P. Brownless y C. Martinez. 2005. Plantas Amenazadas del Centro-Sur de Chile. Distribucion, Conservacion y Propagacion. Primera Edicion. Universidad Austral de Chile y Real Jardin Botanico de Edimburgo, Valdivia. 188p.
Rodriguez, R. y M. Quezada. 2001. Laurales. En C. Marticorena y R. Rodriguez [eds.], Flora de Chile Vol. 2, pp 10-19. Universidad de Concepcion, Concepcion.
miersii in Encyclopedia of Chilean Flora
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