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Gayana. Botánica

On-line version ISSN 0717-6643

Abstract

HENRIQUEZ, CAROLINA A; SOTES, GASTÓN J  and  BUSTAMANTE, RAMIRO O. Reproductive phenology of Pouteria splendens (Sapotaceae). Gayana Bot. [online]. 2012, vol.69, n.2, pp.251-255. ISSN 0717-6643.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-66432012000200004.

Pouteria splendens (A.DC.) Kuntze (lúcumo silvestre, palo colorado) is an endemic and in dangered tree from Central Chile. It's the only member of the Sapotaceae family in the country and little is known about his life cycle. We studied the reproductive phenology during Spring and Summer, from September 2007 to April 2008, on the biggest remained population of P. splendens, located in Los Molles (V Región Valparaíso). We recorded an increase in the production of flower buds, flowers and fruits from September to February, decaying in March. According with other species from Mediterranean environments, the peak of flower buds, flowers and fruits was recorded during Summer, in February. We also detected a high synchrony in the phenology among the individuals within the population.

Keywords : Endangered plant; flowering; fructification; lúcumo silvestre.

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