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Image of Empetrum rubrum (Brecillo / Murtilla de Magallanes / Uvilla). Click to enlarge parts of image.

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VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1600-2600 m. 02 11, 2006

 

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Species:  Empetrum rubrum Vahl ex Willd.
Family:  Empetraceae Identification OK   
Order:  Ericales
Chilean Name:  Brecillo , Murtilla de Magallanes , Uvilla
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Record:  0311
About 1 Empetrum in Chile and 1 in our data base.
About 1 Empetraceae in Chile and 1 in our data base.

 

Edible plant   
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 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even  -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).     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.     Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   
High altitude close to the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Red, 6 petals      Shrub     

Native    Frequent

Height: 80 cm.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

This is one of the hardies Chilean plants, and offers edible berries which are very ornamental for their color.

Image of Empetrum rubrum (Brecillo / Murtilla de Magallanes / Uvilla). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Empetrum rubrum

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1600-2600 m. 02 11, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: Red, 6 petals

Height: 80 cm.

 

Image of Empetrum rubrum (Brecillo / Murtilla de Magallanes / Uvilla). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Empetrum rubrum

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1600-2600 m. 02 11, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

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

 

Watering conditions:

Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.
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 Empetrum rubrum (Brecillo / Murtilla de Magallanes / Uvilla). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Empetrum rubrum

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1600-2600 m. 02 11, 2006

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

Useful properties:

Edible plant

 

 

 

It is an ornamental shrub which has also edible fruits.

Image of Empetrum rubrum (Brecillo / Murtilla de Magallanes / Uvilla). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Empetrum rubrum

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1600-2600 m. 02 11, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).

 

Relatively easy to cultivate

 

 


 

acid soil with a significant content of ogranic matter

 


 

 

The cultivation of this species is not very difficult. It needs sufficient watering, soil with good drainage, cool temperatures, and direct sunlight. Unlike other species of the genus, like Empetrum nigrum, which grows on swamps, this species does not require permanent watering or swamp-like habitat.

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Empetrum rubrum (Brecillo / Murtilla de Magallanes / Uvilla)

 

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