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Encyclopedia > Southern beech
Southern beech

Nothofagus obliqua shoot
with leaves and cupules
Scientific classification
Kingdom : Plantae
Division : Magnoliophyta
Class : Magnoliopsida
Order : Fagales
Family : Fagaceae
Genus : Nothofagus
Species

  Nothofagus alpina - Rauli Beech
  Nothofagus antarctica - Antarctic Beech
  Nothofagus betuloides - Magallanes Beech
  Nothofagus cunninghamii - Myrtle Beech
  Nothofagus dombeyi - CoigŁe Beech
  Nothofagus fusca - Red Beech
  Nothofagus gunnii - Tanglefoot Beech
  Nothofagus menziesii - Silver Beech
  Nothofagus moorei - Negrohead Beech
  Nothofagus obliqua - Roble Beech
  Nothofagus pumilio - Lenga Beech
  Nothofagus solanderi - Black Beech


The southern beeches are trees of the Genus Nothofagus, family Fagaceae (but treated by some botanists in a of family their own, the Nothofagaceae), including about 35 species of oceanic-temperate to subtropical trees in southern South America (Chile, Argentina) and Australasia (east & southeast Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, New Guinea and New Caledonia). The leaves are toothed or entire, evergreen or deciduous. The fruit is a small, flattened or triangular nut, borne in cupules containing 2-7 nuts.


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Beeches are distributed widely in North America and Eurasia and extend through the Malay Archipelago to eastern Australia and New Zealand.
The copper beech, with late-appearing, copper-colored leaves, and the weeping beech, with hanging branches, are cultivated varieties of the European beech.
Southern beeches are exploited for timber and indirectly as food: Fungi that grow on some are eaten, and the wood of others, partially rotted, is used as cattle feed.
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