Schinus molle

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Schinus
Species: S. molle
Scientific Name
Schinus molle
L.
Common Names

Peruvian peppertree, American pepper, escobilla, false pepper, molle del Peru, pepper tree, peppertree, California peppertree

Overview

Appearance
Schinus molle is a perennial tree that can grow from 30-40 ft. (9.1-12.2 m) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are pinnately compound, linear, 6-12 in. (15.2-30.5 cm) long with 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) long, sessile, lanceolate to linear, entire leaflets.
Flowers
Flowers are found on hanging panicles that can grow 11.8 in. (30 cm) long. Flowers are off white to yellow in color and less than 0.12 in. (3 mm) across.
Fruit
Fruits are round, 0.2-0.3 in. (5-8 mm) in diameter, and pink to reddish turning black when mature with a strong pepper scent when crushed.
Ecological Threat
Schinus molle can be found along slopes, washes, and in abandoned fields. It is native to South America in Argentina and Peru.

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