Crinodendron hookerianum

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Crinodendron hookerianum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Oxalidales
Family: Elaeocarpaceae
Genus: Crinodendron
Species: C. hookerianum
Binomial name
Crinodendron hookerianum
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Crinodendron hookerianum, known as the Chilean lantern tree, is an evergreen tree in the family Elaeocarpaceae. It is endemic to Chile, where it occurs from Cautin to Palena (38 to 43°S). It grows near streams and in very humid and shady places.

Description[edit]

It is a shrub or small tree that measures up to 8 metres (26 ft) tall and 30 centimetres (12 in) in diameter, ash color. The leaves are alternate, with toothed edge and lanceolate shaped with acute apex, petiolate, 4–7 cm long and 0.7-1.8 wide, dark green above and hairy whitish green below. The flowers are hermaphrodite, solitary and axillary, pinkish to red. Pedicels about 3–6 cm long, the calyx is formed by 5 fused sepals green colored, the bell-shaped Corolla made up by 5 free petals which end in 3 teeth, 15-18 stamen, with the style longer than the stamen. The fruit is a capsule with 3 to 5 valves. The seeds are roundish.

Uses[edit]

Its flowers make it a highly valued ornamental tree. It has been planted as far north as Scotland.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Crinodendron is from the Ancient Greek κρίνον ("lily") δένδρον ("tree"). The specific name hookerianum honors William Jackson Hooker, an English botanist who studied many Chilean plants.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crinodendron hookerianum at Glendoick Gardens, Angus, Scotland". Rampant Scotland. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 

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