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Image of Maytenus magellanica (Leña dura / Maitén de Magallanes / Palo duro). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Maytenus magellanica

IX Region, Camino Huerquehue - Pucon, Chile
Altitude: 800-1200 m. 02 18, 2006

 

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Species:  Maytenus magellanica (Lam.) Hook.f.
Family:  Celastraceae Identification OK   
Order:  Celastrales
Chilean Name:  Leña dura , Maitén de Magallanes , Palo duro
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Record:  0182
About 4 Maytenus in Chile and 4 in our data base.
About 4 Celastraceae in Chile and 4 in our data base.

 

1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.   Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.     Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Red, without information on the number of petals   Red, 4 petals      Tree     

Native    Not Frequent

Height: 5 m.

Some ornamental value (B)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Maytenus magellanica (Leña dura / Maitén de Magallanes / Palo duro). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Maytenus magellanica

IX Region, Camino Huerquehue - Pucon, Chile
Altitude: 800-1200 m. 02 18, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Tree

Flower: Red, without information on the number of petals
Red, 4 petals

Height: 5 m.

 

Image of Maytenus magellanica (Leña dura / Maitén de Magallanes / Palo duro). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Maytenus magellanica

IX Region, Camino Huerquehue - Pucon, Chile
Altitude: 800-1200 m. 02 18, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.
Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.

 

Image of Maytenus magellanica (Leña dura / Maitén de Magallanes / Palo duro). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Maytenus magellanica

IX Region, Camino Huerquehue - Pucon, Chile
Altitude: 800-1200 m. 02 18, 2006

 

USES

Some ornamental value (B)

 

 

 

 

Image of Maytenus magellanica (Leña dura / Maitén de Magallanes / Palo duro). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Maytenus magellanica

IX Region, Camino Huerquehue - Pucon, Chile
Altitude: 800-1200 m. 02 18, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (1) of Maytenus magellanica (Lam.) Hook.f. available here

More species from the same Celastraceae family in our data base:

Maytenus boaria (Maitén)

Maytenus chubutensis (Maiten de Chubut)

Maytenus disticha (Racoma / Maitencito)

Maytenus magellanica (Leña dura / Maitén de Magallanes / Palo duro)

 

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