Peruvian Pepper or Pepper Tree
Schinus molle L.

OTHER COMMON NAMES Pimentero, molle.
SYNONYMS Schinus huingan Mol.
FAMILY Anacardiaceae
ORDER Sapindales
CLASS Magnoliopsida
DIVISION Magnoliophyta

It is native to Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. It is the first specie brought by Inca people to Chile. It is a dioecious and evergreen tree and can reach a height of 25m. It has a big, rounded and dense top. Its trunk has a diameter of 0,5-1,5m. in its base. It has a dark-brown bark, slightly grey. Its branches are thin and pendulous.
It has compound, perennial, pinnate, alternate, glabrous and perfumed leaves.
Its inflorescence is a panicle of a length of 10-20cm, which comes from the axils of the leaves.
Its fruit is a rounded drupe, which ripens in autumn and persist for a long time. It is pink or reddish and shiny. It has rounded seeds of 3-5mm. (diameter)