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Amomyrtus luma - (Molina.)D.Legrand.&Kausel.

Common Name Luma, Chilean guava,
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found between latitudes 36 and 46° 30' south.
Range S. America - Chile.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Amomyrtus luma Luma, Chilean guava,


Amomyrtus luma Luma, Chilean guava,

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Amomyrtus luma is an evergreen Shrub growing to 7.5 m (24ft 7in).
It is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower in May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Amomyrtus luma. (Mol.)D.Legrand.&Kausel. Myrica lechleriana.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[166]. About the size of a small blackcurrant, they are very aromatic and also contain a lot of seeds[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any reasonably good soil[1] including dry ones. Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained loam in a sunny position[200]. Dislikes cold drying winds but withstands considerable maritime exposure[182]. This species is not very hardy in most of Britain but it succeeds outdoors in mild maritime areas[11, 166]. There are a number of plants at Trewithen Gardens in Cornwall, these were fruiting heavily in late summer 1994[K]. The flowers, which are sweetly scented[245], are susceptible to damage by late spring frosts[11]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow it in late winter in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts[K]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Pot up in the autumn and overwinter in a cold frame. Plant out in late spring. High percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, 7 - 12cm with a heel, November in a shaded and frost free frame. Plant out in late spring or early autumn. High percentage[78]. Layering.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Cauchao, Chauchau, Chilean myrtle, Palo madrona, Temo,

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Argentina, Chile, South America,

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Author

(Molina.)D.Legrand.&Kausel.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

douglasbowden@chilternseeds.co.uk   Thu Feb 9 2006

You show this plant as a member of the family Myrtaceae. Presumably this is a misprint and the family should be Myricaceae?

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