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Image of Aextoxicon punctatum (Olivillo / Palo muerto). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Aextoxicon punctatum

VIII Region, Chillan, Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 03 15, 2007

 

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Species:  Aextoxicon punctatum Ruiz & Pav.
Family:  Aextoxicaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Celastrales
Chilean Name:  Olivillo , Palo muerto
English Name: 
German Name: 
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Record:  0389
About 1 Aextoxicon in Chile and 1 in our data base.
About 1 Aextoxicaceae in Chile and 1 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).   Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
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.
Yellow, 5 petals      Tree     

Native    Very Frequent

Height: 24 m.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Aextoxicon punctatum (Olivillo / Palo muerto). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Aextoxicon punctatum

VIII Region, Chillan, Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 03 15, 2007

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Tree

Flower: Yellow, 5 petals

Height: 24 m.

 

Image of Aextoxicon punctatum (Olivillo / Palo muerto). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Aextoxicon punctatum

VIII Region, Chillan, Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 03 15, 2007

 

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.

 

Watering conditions:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).
Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

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 Aextoxicon punctatum (Olivillo / Palo muerto). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Aextoxicon punctatum

VII Region, Las Placetas, cerca de Radal Siete Tasas, Chile
Altitude: 600-900 m. 05 16, 2006

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

 

 

 

Image of Aextoxicon punctatum (Olivillo / Palo muerto). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Aextoxicon punctatum

VII Region, Las Placetas, cerca de Radal Siete Tasas, Chile
Altitude: 600-900 m. 05 16, 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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Aextoxicon punctatum (Olivillo / Palo muerto)

 

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