The Chilean Myrtle grows slowly, forming a small tree of around 10 to 15 metres, rarely 20 metres. Its trunk appears twisted and contorted and has smooth bark, coloured grey to bright orange-brown, which peels as the tree grows. It is evergreen, with small fragrant oval leaves 2 to 2.5 centimetres long and 1.5 broad, and profuse white flowers in early to mid summer. Its fruit is an edible black or blue berry 1 centimeter in diameter, ripe in early autumn.
Native to the central Andes mountains between Chile and Argentina
Lat: -39.23, Long: -71.93
Spotted on Mar 11, 2012
Submitted on Mar 22, 2012