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Schinus polygama (Cav.) Cabrera

Fully hardy, medium-sized, evergreen shrub or small tree, the shoots often spine-tipped, with simple, oblong, usually entire leaves, to 2.5cm long, and tiny, yellowish flowers in short axillary racemes in spring, followed by round, purplish fruits, resembling peppercorns.  To 6m.  [RHSD, Hilliers’, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Cultivated in Europe since 1790.  [Don].  ‘To this we have already adverted at fol. 1568.  It is probably the species intended by Cavanilles, as it certainly is that which is considered so by Dr. Hooker in his invaluable paper upon Chilian plants in the second volume of the Botanical Miscellany.  From Duvaua ovata it differs not only in its leaves being almost always, especially upon the flowering branches, obovate and very obtuse, or even emarginate, with scarcely any denticulations, but also in its racemes scarcely exceeding the leaves in length, and in its flowers being altogether smaller, and usually decandrous.  Its fruit consists of little dry blackish-purple berries, which it produces abundantly upon a south wall.  Its time of flowering, and mode of cultivation, are the same as those of D. ovata, fol. 1568, which see.’  [BR f.1573/1833].  BM t.7406/1895.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.399/1843].


Published Mar 13, 2009 - 05:10 PM | Last updated Mar 16, 2010 - 04:37 PM

Shown are the oblong leaves and tiny, yellowish flowers in short axillary racemes.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.7406, 1895.

Schinus dependens Orteg. | BM t.7406/1895 | BHL

Family Anacardiaceae
Region of origin


  • Schinus dependens Orteg.
  • Duvaua dependens DC.
  • Duvaua longifolia Lindl.
  • Schinus longifolius (Lindl.) Speg.
  • Duvaua dentata DC.
  • Amyris polygama Cav.
Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Duvaua dependens 

Confidence level high