Umbra tree or Ombu
Phytolacca dioica

OTHER COMMON NAMES Bella sombra (Spanish), Umbra tree (English)
FAMILY Phytolaccaceae
ORDER Caryophyllales
SUBCLASS Caryophyllidae
CLASS Magnoliopsida
DIVISION Magnoliophyta

It is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and North-east Argentina. It is a giant plant; it has the size of a tree. It has soft and fluffy wood, deciduous foliage. It has a height of 10-15 m. and has a dense top. Its bark is cracked, its trunk is short and it has branches from the ground.
The Ombu reaches its complete development before it is 15 years. It has simple, wide leaves, which have marked nervation. They are dark green and have a length of 20 cm.
Its flowers are grouped in hanging bunches and without petals. They are whitish and of 4 mm. Its fruit is a fleshy berry like a flattened tomato of 1 cm. They are also grouped in hanging bunches.