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Image of Nastanthus spathulatus (Nastanto). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Nastanthus spathulatus

Region Metropolitana, Embalse Yeso, Chile
Altitude: 1400-2900 m. 02 27, 2006

 

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Species:  Nastanthus spathulatus (Phil.) Miers
Family:  Calyceraceae Identification OK   
Order:  Calycerales
Chilean Name:  Nastanto
English Name: 
German Name: 
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Record:  0033
About 7 Nastanthus in Chile and 3 in our data base.
About 41 Calyceraceae in Chile and 6 in our data base.

 

1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even  -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.     The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores.   Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Extreme altitude well beyond the timber line
Extreme altitude well beyond the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line
Green, 5 petals      Perennial     

Endemic    Frequent

Height: 15 cm.

No ornamental value (C)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Nastanthus spathulatus (Nastanto). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Nastanthus spathulatus

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1600-2600 m. 02 11, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial

Flower: Green, 5 petals

Height: 15 cm.

 

Image of Nastanthus spathulatus (Nastanto). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Nastanthus spathulatus

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1600-2600 m. 02 11, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Extreme altitude well beyond the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line

 

Watering conditions:

The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores.
Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).
Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.

 

Image of Nastanthus spathulatus (Nastanto). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Nastanthus spathulatus

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1600-2600 m. 02 11, 2006

 

USES

No ornamental value (C)

 

 

 

 

Image of Nastanthus spathulatus (Nastanto). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Nastanthus spathulatus

Region Metropolitana, Embalse Yeso, Chile
Altitude: 1400-2900 m. 02 27, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).

 

Difficult to cultivate

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (12) of Nastanthus spathulatus (Phil.) Miers available here

More species from the same Calyceraceae family in our data base:

Calycera herbacea (Calicera)

Calycera sessiliflora

Gamocarpha alpina

Nastanthus agglomeratus (Coliflor del cerro)

Nastanthus caespitosus

Nastanthus spathulatus (Nastanto)

 

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