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Image of Schinus molle (Molle / Pimiento / Pimientero de Perú). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Schinus molle

V Region, Cuesta La Dormida & La Campana, Chile
Altitude: 800-1200 m. 05 27, 2006

 

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Species:  Schinus molle L.
Family:  Anacardiaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Sapindales
Chilean Name:  Molle , Pimiento , Pimientero de Perú
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Record:  0411
About 12 Schinus in Chile and 5 in our data base.
About 14 Anacardiaceae in Chile and 6 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 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.     Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Low altitude, interior valleys
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
White, 5 petals      Tree     

Native    Frequent

Height: 10 m.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Schinus molle (Molle / Pimiento / Pimientero de Perú). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Schinus molle

V Region, Cuesta La Dormida & La Campana, Chile
Altitude: 800-1200 m. 05 27, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Tree

Flower: White, 5 petals

Height: 10 m.

 

Image of Schinus molle (Molle / Pimiento / Pimientero de Perú). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Schinus molle

V Region, Cuesta La Dormida & La Campana, Chile
Altitude: 800-1200 m. 05 27, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.

 

Image of Schinus molle (Molle / Pimiento / Pimientero de Perú). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Schinus molle

V Region, Cuesta La Dormida & La Campana, Chile
Altitude: 800-1200 m. 05 27, 2006

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

 

 

 

Image of Schinus molle (Molle / Pimiento / Pimientero de Perú). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Schinus molle

V Region, Cuesta La Dormida & La Campana, Chile
Altitude: 800-1200 m. 05 27, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 9. The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (3) of Schinus molle L. available here

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

Lithrea caustica (Litre)

Schinus latifolius (Molle)

Schinus molle (Molle / Pimiento / Pimientero de Perú)

Schinus montanus (Muchi / Litrecillo)

Schinus patagonicus (Muchi)

Schinus polygamus (Huingán / Borocoi / Boroco)

 

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