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Image of Loasa lateritia (Loasa roja). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa lateritia

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Altos del Lircay, Laguna del Alto, Chile
Altitude: 2000-2200 m. 03 05, 2006

 

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Species:  Loasa lateritia Gillies ex Arn.
Family:  Loasaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Violales
Chilean Name:  Loasa roja
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Record:  0069
About 42 Loasa in Chile and 21 in our data base.
About 58 Loasaceae in Chile and 36 in our data base.

 

Medicinal   
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.     Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   
High altitude close to the timber line
Red, 5 petals      Annual     

Native    Not Frequent

Height: 40 cm.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

This is another endemic Chilean plant, which can not be found anywhere out side Chile. The only requirement it has is a lot of water. It would grow perfectly well in cold climates (being annual plant, it will sow itself automatically at the end of the season, so that you would not have any worries in the next season).

Image of Loasa lateritia (Loasa roja). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa lateritia

VII Region, Paso Vergara, Chile
Altitude: 2700 m. 02 28, 2007

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Annual

Flower: Red, 5 petals

Height: 40 cm.

 

Image of Loasa lateritia (Loasa roja). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa lateritia

VII Region, Paso Vergara, Chile
Altitude: 2700 m. 02 28, 2007

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

High altitude close to the timber line

 

Watering conditions:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).

 

Light conditions:

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

 

Image of Loasa lateritia (Loasa roja). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa lateritia

VII Region, Paso Vergara, Chile
Altitude: 2700 m. 02 28, 2007

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal

 

 

 

Image of Loasa lateritia (Loasa roja). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa lateritia

VII Region, Paso Vergara, Chile
Altitude: 2700 m. 02 28, 2007

 

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 (10) of Loasa lateritia Gillies ex 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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