Did you know that the forest of Arrayan trees (Luma apiculata) in Patagonia inspired Walt Disney for the scenography of the movie "Bambi"?
Chilean myrtle - Arrayan - Luma apiculata
Luma apiculata (Chilean myrtle) is a species of flowering plant in the myrtle
family, native to the central Andes between Chile and Argentina, at 33 to 45° south
latitude. Growing to 10–15 m (33–49 ft) tall and wide, it is a vigorous,
bushy, evergreen tree with fragrant flowers.
The scientific name Luma is derived from a Mapuche
name. Over the years this species has been classified variously by
botanists; the first scientific description was by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle in 1828, as Eugenia
apiculata. In iIts common names one can add Temu Tree. And in Spanish it is Palo
Colorado. The most common name in Chile is Arrayan (from a Spanish name for the related European
myrtle); another is Collimamul (meaning orange wood).