Place of Publication
Pflanzenr. 3(7): 71 (1893)
Based on Eugenia cruckshanksii Hook. & Arn. Chile: "Valparaíso" Cruckshanks s.n. (lectotype: (designated by Landrum in Fl. Neotropica 45: 116) E. 00285759; isolectotype: K).
- Blepharocalyx divaricatus (O.Berg) Nied.
- Blepharocalyx divaricatus (O.Berg) Nied. var. obovatus
- Blepharocalyx divaricatus (O.Berg) Nied. var. ovalis
- Blepharocalyx divaricatus (O.Berg) Nied. var. pauciflorus
- Eugenia cruckshanksii Hook. & Arn.
- Eugenia divaricatum O.Berg
- Eugenia divaricatum O.Berg var. obovata
- Eugenia divaricatum O.Berg var. ovalis
- Eugenia divaricatum O.Berg var. pauciflora
- Eugenia elliptica Phil., hom. illeg.
- Luma cruckshanksii (Hook. & Arn.) A.Gray
- Temu divaricatum (O.Berg) O.Berg
- temu, palo colorado
- Landrum (1988): Fig. 1E–G
- Landrum (1986)
- Landrum (1988)
Niedenzu, F. 1893. Myrtaceae. Das Pflanzenreich 3(7):57-105
Landrum, L.R. 1986. Campomanesia, Pimenta, Blepharocalyx, Legrandia, Acca, Myrrhinum and Luma. Flora Neotropica Monograph 45:131-133
Landrum, L R 1988. The Myrtle Family (Myrtaceae) in Chile. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 45(12):277-317
Tree or shrub to 15 m tall. Flowering mostly from December to February. Fruits mature from February to April.
Flowering specimens are sometimes confused with Myrceugenia exsucca (the two species often occur together) but the former has deciduous bracteoles and not persistent as in the latter. B. cruckshanksii usually has a notched leaf apex and the twigs are only sparsely hairy. In Myrceugenia exsucca the leaf apex is entire and the twigs are densely hairy (Landrum 1988).
Distribution and habitat
One of the most common Myrtaceae in south-central Chile occurring from Prov. Aconcagua to Llanquihue in both the coastal and Andean Cordilleras from 500 to 1000 m above sea level. Often occurring in swampy habitats, especially near to watercourses in rainforest.