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Beilschmiedia miersii (Gay) Kosterm.

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Beilschmiedia >
  3. Family: Lauraceae

Place of Publication

Recueil Trav. Bot. Néerl. 35: 1860 (1938)


Common names

  • Belloto del norte (Hechenleitner et al. (2005))

Conservation status

  • Vulnerable VU A4(c) (Hechenleitner et al. (2005))
  • Vulnerable VU A4(c) (Hechenleitner et al. (2005))


  • Hechenleitner et al. (2005): 53
  • Descriptions

    • Kostermans (1938)
    • Hechenleitner et al. (2005)


    Large tree to 25 m tall with a broad canopy. Flowering from October to November. Fruits mature from March to April.

    Key characteristics

    This species is very similar to B. berteroana and can be difficult to identify. The leaf venation of B. berteroana is with 5–7 pairs of primary veins while in B. miersii there are10–12. The tepals of B. berteroana are hairless but in B. miersii they are covered in dense reddish-brown hairs (Kostermans, 1938). The fruit of B. berteroana is up to 2 x 2 cm, globose, pruinose and greenish yellow while in B. miersii the fruit are up to 2.5 x 5 cm, ellipsoid and streaked red (Hechenleitner et al., 2005).


    Coquimbo, Valparaíso and Metropolitana

    Distribution and habitat

    Coastal Cordillera of central Chile from Region IV (province Petorca) to Region Metropolitana (province Melipilla) where it has an altitudinal range of between 15 to 1200 m. It frequents sclerophyllous forest growing with Aextoxicon punctatum, Citronella mucronata, Cryptocarya alba, Peumus boldus and Schinus latifolius.


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    • Kostermans (1938)

      Kostermans , A.J.G.H. 1938. Revision of the Lauraceae V. The genera Endlicheria, Cryptocarya (American species) and Licaria. Recueil des Travaux Botaniques Néerlandais 35:834-931

    • Marticorena & Rodríguez (2001)

      Marticorena, C. and Rodríguez, R. 2001. Flora de Chile, Vol. 2 Winteraceae-Ranunculaceae

    • Novoa (2004)

      Novoa, P. 2004. Determinación del grado de amenaza del belloto del norte (Beilschmiedia miersii Kosterm., Lauraceae), mediante el uso de la metodología UICN 2001. Versión 3.1. Chloris Chilensis 7(2)

    • Hechenleitner et al. (2005)

      Hechenleitner, P. , Gardner, M.F. , Thomas, P.I. , Echeverría, C , Escobar, B. , Brownless, P. and Martínez A., C. 2005. Plantas amenazadas del centro-sur de Chile: distribución, conservación y propagación, 1a edición. Valdivia: Trama Impresores S.A

    • Cabello (2006)

      Cabello, A. 2006. Beilschmiedia miersii (Gay) Kosterman. In: Donoso, C (Ed.), Las especies arbóreas de los bosques templados de Chile y Argentina : autoecología, pp. 180-185. Marisa Cuneo Ed. Valdivia, Chile. Concepción, Chile.