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Evergreen tree up to 18m in height and 60cm in diameter in diameter, crown globose ashen colored bark, foliage color and ferruginous pubescent. Imparipinnate compound leaves, alternate, glossy, of 10-35 x 7-10cm, leaflets 2-5 x 2 to 3.5 cm, which is opposite, oval and oblique base, shortly stalked, doubly serrated, leathery. Petioles, rachis ferruginous-pubescent and Print when young, glabrous except the nerves and shiny when mature. Creamy-yellow flowers in clusters tomentose, axillary of 6-12cm long, the flowers pedicellate, hermaphrodite, 5-8mm long tepals are formed by 4 linear widened at the apex, 4 stamens placed almost at the end of the tepals style filiform, stigma width and oblique. Fruit is a nut ball of 1.5-2cm indehiscent diameter, changes color with ripening from green to red and then black, takes one year to mature so individuals have flowers and fruit simultaneously
Monotypic and endemic to the IV to XI region of Chile and adjacent areas in Argentina. It lives in different soil conditions and light. It does not form pure stands, still prevalent in forest types, oak-Hualo, Oak-Raulí-Coihue, Coihue-Raulí-Tepa, Cypress Mountain, Cypress and Evergreen Guaitecas.