Plum Fruited Yew

Plum Fruited Yew  6658 - June - Right Middle

Plum Fruited Yew 6658 – June – Right Middle

Plum Fruited Yew (Prumnopitys andina (Lleuque)), the Chilean Plum Yew, is an evergreen coniferous tree native to south-central Chile and a few areas in adjacent parts of westernmost Argentina from 36 to 40° South latitude. It lives on moderately wet soils preferable on Andean slopes from 500–1100 meters (1600–3500 ft).
It grows up to 30 m (100 ft) high, with a trunk up to 2 m diameter (6.5 ft). The leaves are linear to sickle-shaped, 15–30 mm long and 2 mm broad. The seed cones are highly modified, reduced to a central stem 2–4 cm long bearing 1-4 scales, each scale maturing berry-like, oval, 10–15 mm long and 10 mm broad, green maturing dark purple, with a soft edible pulp covering the single seed. The seeds are dispersed by birds, which eat the ‘berries’ and pass the seeds in their droppings. Seeds are very difficult to germinate. Straight and cylindrical trunk. Gray and shine bark. Source: Wikipedia.

 

 

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