The Chilean Palo Verde (Chañar) is a endemic tree which grows inside the limits of the Atacama desert from Arica to Coquimbo. It is adapted to dry conditions and altitudes getting to colonize soils at 2300 mts (7500ft).
It is quite popular among the andean local communities because of its fruit which is used from ancestral times as a medicine for the throat and as kind of local syrup for desserts and meals.
Is the only legume which instead of having a long fruit, has a fleshy oval pod that contains a small single seed in the middle.
Chañar ©Alvaro Barrientos, Far South Expeditions.