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Habit Shrubs or trees to 10 m; trunk smooth, often appearing somewhat twisted; bark grayish or bright orangish brown, often with lighter spots; young twigs puberulent to villous.

blade elliptic to suborbiculate, 1–4.5 ×0.5–3.5 cm, base cuneate to rounded, apex apiculate to abruptly acuminate.


5–30 mm.


calyx open, lobes persistent, 2–3(–4) mm;

petals 3–5 mm.


to ca. 10 mm.


3–6 mm.

Luma apiculata

Phenology Flowering mainly late summer; fruiting fall.
Habitat Dis­turbed areas.
Elevation 0–20 m. (0–100 ft.)
from FNA
CA; South America (sw Argentina, s Chile) [Introduced in North America]
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In the flora area, Luma apiculata is known mainly from near San Francisco.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 10.
Parent taxa Myrtaceae > Luma
Synonyms Eugenia apiculata, Myrceugenella apiculata
Name authority (de Candolle) Burret: Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 15: 523. (1941)
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