Identification of the species

· Scientific Name
Nothogafus Pumilio
· Family
· Order
· Chilean Name


The Lenga is a tree that can reach 30 to 40 m at its best development, even though more north side presents scrub, gnarled trunks, very different from the cylindrical Magellan and Tierra del Fuego. The beech is a species that regenerates easily after the intervention of the forest. The leaf is deciduous, serrated and form more or less elliptical. Monoecious. The result corresponds to a winged nut. its seeds are winged, enclosed in a woody dome 1 / 2 cm in diameter. The beech wood is one of Chile’s most promising species for management immediate business because of the extent of area covered, the quality of its timber and the quality of existing forests. Wood moderately durable, easy to work.



The beech is a species of wide distribution. It is found from the Region VII to the Cape Horn. The species grows in areas of low temperatures and heavy snow for what in the northern half of the distribution is found only in the Cordillera de Los Andes, in the altitudinal limit of tree vegetation. In the north is associated with Araucaria and evergreen beech, while in Magallanes tends to form pure forests and occupy lower areas.

Physical properties

· Color
· Growth Ring
· Texture
Coarse Grain Interlocking
· Nominal Density
520 kg/m 3
· Contraction
From the green state at 0% moisture content
· Tangential
· Radial
· Permeability
Easy to treat

Applications or uses

Lenga Wood is used in the Manufacture of:

The wood is widely used in carpentry (in Aisén and Magallanes, Chili).