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Image of Caiophora coronata (Ortiguilla / Clavel-ortiga / Rupa chica). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Caiophora coronata

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

 

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Species:  Caiophora coronata (Gillies ex Arn.) Hook. & Arn.
Family:  Loasaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Violales
Chilean Name:  Ortiguilla , Clavel-ortiga , Rupa chica
English Name: 
German Name: 
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Record:  0052
About 10 Caiophora in Chile and 10 in our data base.
About 58 Loasaceae in Chile and 36 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).     Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.     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
White, 5 petals      Shrub     

Native    Not Frequent

Height: 40 cm.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

This strange-looking plant boasts huge white flowers (7-8 cm in diameter), is easy to grow, and is an excellent candidate for outdoor growing for colder climates.

Image of Caiophora coronata (Ortiguilla / Clavel-ortiga / Rupa chica). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Caiophora coronata

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

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: White, 5 petals

Height: 40 cm.

 

Image of Caiophora coronata (Ortiguilla / Clavel-ortiga / Rupa chica). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Caiophora coronata

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

Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.

 

This plant naturally grows in high mountains, on sunny spots, and is not very touchy about the soil - provided that it has good drainage.

Image of Caiophora coronata (Ortiguilla / Clavel-ortiga / Rupa chica). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Caiophora coronata

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

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

 

 

 

Image of Caiophora coronata (Ortiguilla / Clavel-ortiga / Rupa chica). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Caiophora coronata

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).

 

Relatively easy to cultivate

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (6) of Caiophora coronata (Gillies ex Arn.) Hook. & Arn. available here

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

Caiophora aff.

Caiophora andina

Caiophora chuquitensis (Ortiga)

Caiophora cirsiifolia

Caiophora coronata (Ortiguilla / Clavel-ortiga / Rupa chica)

Caiophora prietea

Caiophora rosulata

Caiophora silvestris (Ortiga caballuna)

Caiophora sp. #1305

Caiophora sp. #1421

Huidobria chilensis

Loasa acanthifolia

Loasa acerifolia

Loasa caespitosa

Loasa elongata

Loasa filicifolia (Ortiga macho)

Loasa fruticosa

Loasa lateritia (Loasa roja)

Loasa longiseta

Loasa martinii

Loasa multifida

Loasa nana

Loasa nitida

Loasa pallida (Ortiga caballuna blanca)

Loasa prostrata

Loasa sp. #1408

Loasa sp. #1472

Loasa sp. #1705

Loasa sp.

Loasa tricolor var. placei (Ortiga brava / Ortiga caballuna)

Loasa tricolor var. insons

Loasa triloba (Ortiga caballuna)

Mentzelia albescens

Mentzelia chilensis

Mentzelia pinnatifida (Palo blanco)

Scyphanthus elegans (Monjita)

 

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