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Image of Coriaria ruscifolia (Deu / Huique / Matarratones). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Coriaria ruscifolia

IX Region, China Muerta y Lago Caburga (Norte), Chile
Altitude: 400-1200 m. 03 15, 2006

 

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Species:  Coriaria ruscifolia L.
Family:  Coriariaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Ranunculales
Chilean Name:  Deu , Huique , Matarratones
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0105
About 2 Coriaria in Chile and 1 in our data base.
About 2 Coriariaceae in Chile and 1 in our data base.

 

Medicinal   POISONOUS Plant   Industrial Use   
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).     Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.   In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.     Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores.   
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
Blue, 5 petals      Shrub     

Native    Very Frequent

Height: 2 m.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

It is a real gem for a garden, it has long branches covered with beautiful, shiny string of leaves.

Image of Coriaria ruscifolia (Deu / Huique / Matarratones). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Coriaria ruscifolia

IX Region, China Muerta y Lago Caburga (Norte), Chile
Altitude: 400-1200 m. 03 15, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: Blue, 5 petals

Height: 2 m.

 

Image of Coriaria ruscifolia (Deu / Huique / Matarratones). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Coriaria ruscifolia

IX Region, Villarica & Lago Budi, Chile
Altitude: 1500 m. 02 19, 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:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).
The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores.

 

Light conditions:

Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.
In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.

 

Image of Coriaria ruscifolia (Deu / Huique / Matarratones). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Coriaria ruscifolia

IX Region, China Muerta y Lago Caburga (Norte), Chile
Altitude: 400-1200 m. 03 15, 2006

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal
POISONOUS Plant
Industrial Use

 

 


 

This plant contains alcaloides coriamirtina y tutina, which makes it both toxic and narcotic. If you think about trying it out, think twice, because in Chile the seeds were traditionally used as a rat poison. All parts except for the fleshy fruit (which are really modified petals of the flower) are poisonous, and it is said that the fleshy part of the fruit can be used to prepare juice or wine. We do not recommend it because of the risks involved.

Image of Coriaria ruscifolia (Deu / Huique / Matarratones). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Coriaria ruscifolia

IX Region, Villarica & Lago Budi, Chile
Altitude: 1500 m. 02 19, 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).

 

Relatively easy to cultivate

 

 


 

acid soil with a significant content of ogranic matter

 

 

Recommended germination temperature: +14°C +18°C

 

This plant need a cool, damp environment, and is not especially cold-hardy. Cold stratification increases considerably the germination rate.

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

Coriaria ruscifolia (Deu / Huique / Matarratones)

 

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