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Image of Libertia chilensis (Calle-calle / Tequel-tequel). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Libertia chilensis

VII Region, San Clemente, Las Lomas, Chile
Altitude: 340 m. 10 24, 2006

 

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Species:  Libertia chilensis (Molina) Gunckel
Family:  Iridaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Liliales
Chilean Name:  Calle-calle , Tequel-tequel
English Name: 
German Name: 
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Record:  0086
About 2 Libertia in Chile and 2 in our data base.
About 42 Iridaceae in Chile and 32 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 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.   Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.   In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.     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).   
Low altitude, interior valleys
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
White, 3 petals      Perennial     

Native    Very Frequent

Height: 90 cm.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

This an interesting option for warmer climates (no freezing) and lots of water. It grows easily and is quick; it has medium-size white flowers and is a krafty plant.

Image of Libertia chilensis (Calle-calle / Tequel-tequel). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Libertia chilensis

VII Region, San Clemente, Las Lomas, Chile
Altitude: 340 m. 10 24, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial

Flower: White, 3 petals

Height: 90 cm.

 

Image of Libertia chilensis (Calle-calle / Tequel-tequel). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Libertia chilensis

VII Region, San Clemente, Las Lomas, Chile
Altitude: 340 m. 10 24, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

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).

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.
Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.
In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.

 

Image of Libertia chilensis (Calle-calle / Tequel-tequel). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Libertia chilensis

VII Region, San Clemente, Las Lomas, Chile
Altitude: 340 m. 10 24, 2006

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

 

 

 

Image of Libertia chilensis (Calle-calle / Tequel-tequel). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Libertia chilensis

VII Region, San Clemente, Las Lomas, Chile
Altitude: 340 m. 10 24, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 9. The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (20) of Libertia chilensis (Molina) Gunckel available here

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

Calydorea xyphioides

Crocosmia x (Montbretia / Ballica)

Herbertia lahue (Lahue)

Iridaceae sp. #1048

Iridaceae sp. #1900

Libertia chilensis (Calle-calle / Tequel-tequel)

Libertia sessiliflora

Mastigostyla cyrtophylla

Olsynium frigidum (chamelo)

Sisyrinchium arenarium (Ñuño / Huilmo amarillo)

Sisyrinchium azureum (Claveillo azul)

Sisyrinchium chilense (Huilmo / Huilmo azul)

Sisyrinchium cuspidatum

Sisyrinchium graminifolium (Huilmo amarillo / Ñuño)

Sisyrinchium graminifolium

Sisyrinchium graminifolium

Sisyrinchium junceum ssp. junceum (Huilmo rosado)

Sisyrinchium junceum (Huilmo / Huilmo rosado)

Sisyrinchium junceum var. depauperatum

Sisyrinchium junceum ssp. colchaguense (Huilmo rosado)

Sisyrinchium junceum ssp. Depauperatum

Sisyrinchium patagonicum

Sisyrinchium pearcei (Huilmo)

Sisyrinchium philippii

Sisyrinchium scirpoideum var. scirpoideum

Sisyrinchium sp. #1708

Sisyrinchium striatum (Huilmo amarillo / Ñuño)

Solenomelus pedunculatus (Maicillo)

Solenomelus segethii (Clavelillo azul)

Tigridia philippiana

 

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