Nothofagus nitida is an evergreen tree, native from Chile, it lives from 40 to Ultima Esperanza (53 S. Lat.). Up to 35 m (115 ft) height and 2 m (6.5 ft) diameter. The bark is gray. It prefers very wet soils.
Leaves are alternate between 1.5 and 3 cm, they are hard, glossy green, with a small petiole and lanceolate shape. The new borne twigs have little hairs.
Male flowers have an unique vertical with 610 stamens and are surrounded by tepals (sepals and petals just the same. Female flowers are grouped five by five, and pollination is mainly anemophilous. Flowers homoclamid? (homoclamidea in Spanish), small (3 to 5 mm), unisexual, disposed in inflorescences.
Its fruits are small, flattened or triangular, yellowish en cupules made up by 2 to 7 units.
Wood: White-yellowish colored, has beautiful engraving and is used in furniture and construction.
References and external links
Hoffman Adriana, 1998. Flora Silvestre de Chile. Fundacion Claudio Gay. Santiago.
Donoso C. 2005. Arboles nativos de Chile. Guia de reconocimiento. Valdivia, Chile
nitida in Encyclopedia of Chilean Flora
nitida from "ChileBosque"
nitida from "chlorischile"
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