Metrosideros stipularis

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Tepualia stipularis.jpg
Tepú in flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Metrosideros
Species: M. stipularis
Binomial name
Metrosideros stipularis
(Hook. & Arn.) Hook.f.
  • Tepualia stipularis (Hook. & Arn.) Griseb.

Metrosideros stipularis is a species of the myrtle family commonly known as tepú, trepú, or tepual. It is an evergreen tree or shrub that can attain a height of about seven metres. The plant is native to southern South America in the southern portions of Chile and Argentina and is a typical resident of very wet areas, especially peat bogs. Tepú has white flowers that emerge during the austral summer from January through March. The tree's wood is used within its range as a firewood due to it high energy content.[1] This species has often been placed in its own genus Tepualia, but recent works include it in Metrosideros[2]"WCSP". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. .


  1. ^ (in Spanish) Hoffmann, A. (1982), Flora silvestre de Chile zona araucana (in Spanish) (4 ed.), Santiago, Chile, p. 258 
  2. ^ Pillon, Y., Lucas, E., Johansen, J.B. Sakishima, T. Hall, B., Geib, S.M. &Stacy, E.A. (2015). An expanded Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) to include Carpolepis and Tepualia based on nuclear genes. Systematic Botany 40, nᵒ 3 (2015): 782‑90. doi:10.1600/036364415X689249.

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