Peruvian Olive

  • Specie: Terminalia oblonga (R. & P.) Steudel
  • Family: Combretaceae
  • Synonymy: Chuncoa oblonga (R & P.) Persoon;
    Gimbernnatea oblonga R. & P.; Terminalia
    tarapotensis von Heurck & Muell. Arg.
  • Common Name in Peruyacushapana, chamisa, rifari.
  • International Comercial Name: Tanimbuca


Geographic Distribution: The distribution of the species was obtained from literature and herbarium reports, it is found in the departments of Amazonas, Huanuco, Junin, Loreto, Madre de Dios and San Martin, between 0 to 3000 meters above sea level. This species is found in regular quantities because it is a pioneer and fast-growing species in the Peruvian Amazon.

Tree: It reaches 35 m in height and 100 m in diameter; trunk and main branches sometimes a little twisted; up to 3 m high, 5 to 10 cm thick and 20 cm wide at the base. Globose crown. The surface bark of the trunk is reddish-brown to greenish in young trees; the dead bark peels off in very irregular, papery-looking plates, 5 to 20 cm long, of different shapes, leaving lighter spaces, with various shades of color. Pinkish cream to light pink live bark. The total bark can be up to 1 cm thick.

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