- Scientific name: Amomyrtus luma
- Family: Myrtaceae (myrtle, eucalyptus, clove, guava)
Aromatic evergreen shrub or tree up to 20m tall. Bark reddish-brown, smooth or scaly, with small hairs on younger growth. Leaves alternately arranged, with midvein becoming hairy. Flowers bisexual with white petals and a mass of 30–45 stamens. Fruits blackish-purple. Pollinated by bees or self-pollination.
- The edible and highly aromatic fruits are used to make jam.
- The tough wood of the luma makes very good firewood.
Where it grows
Areas in Argentina and Chile with heavy rainfall and not direct sunlight. Usually found on lake and river borders at an altitude of 500–1500m.
- Bisexual: both sexes in the same flower or in some cases flowering structure (inflorescence).
- Midvein: central structure found in leaves, used for support and major vascular activity within leaf.
- Stamen: male organ of a flower, including the anther-supporting filament and the pollen-producing anther.