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Eucryphia cordifolia


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Eucryphia cordifolia (Ulmo) is a species of tree in the Cunoniaceae family. It is found in Chile and Argentina. It is threatened by logging and habitat loss. The natural habitat is along the Andes Range from 38 to 43 lat.S, and up to 700 meters above sea level. It is a very elegant tree with a thick trunk and wide crown and can become over 40 m high. It blooms in February and March, depending on latitude and altitude. Its ivory-white flowers contain a highly appreciated aromatic nectar, harvested by introduced European bees and commercialized as "ulmo honey" (miel de Ulmo). The fruit is a capsule about 1.5 cm length. It also grows well in Scotland and has been introduced in the North Pacific Coast of the United States.
Wood: light brown to brown, heavy, moderately firm, rather hard and quite decay resistant. It is used locally for building and very extensively as firewood.

References and External Links

Gonzalez, M. 1998. Eucryphia cordifolia. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 21 August 2007.
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