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Image of Gomortega keule (Qeule / Keule). Click to enlarge parts of image.

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VIII Region, Caramavida, Chile
Altitude: 200-400 m. 08 03, 2007

 

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Species:  Gomortega keule (Molina) Baill.
Family:  Gomortegaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Laurales
Chilean Name:  Qeule , Keule
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0423
About 1 Gomortega in Chile and 1 in our data base.
About 1 Gomortegaceae in Chile and 1 in our data base.

 

Edible plant   
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).   
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Green, 6 petals   Green, 7 - 14 petals      Tree     

Endemic    Rare

Height: 18 m.

No ornamental value (C)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Gomortega keule (Qeule / Keule). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Gomortega keule

VII Region, Chileflora Lab., Chile
Altitude: m. 05 25, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Tree

Flower: Green, 6 petals
Green, 7 - 14 petals

Height: 18 m.

 

Image of Gomortega keule (Qeule / Keule). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Gomortega keule

VII Region, Chileflora Lab., Chile
Altitude: m. 05 25, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.

 

Watering conditions:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).

 

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 Gomortega keule (Qeule / Keule). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Gomortega keule

VIII Region, Caramavida, Chile
Altitude: 200-400 m. 08 03, 2007

 

USES

No ornamental value (C)

 

Useful properties:

Edible plant

 

 

 

Image of Gomortega keule (Qeule / Keule). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Gomortega keule

VIII Region, Caramavida, Chile
Altitude: 200-400 m. 08 03, 2007

 

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).

 

Very difficult to cultivate

 

 

 

 

 

 

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