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Image of Lardizabala biternata (Cóguil / Voqui blanco / Voqui / Coguilera). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Lardizabala biternata

VIII Region, Los Pellines, Shangri-La, Termas de Chillan, Chile
Altitude: 600-1500 m. 04 08, 2006

 

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Species:  Lardizabala biternata Ruiz & Pav.
Family:  Lardizabalaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Ranunculales
Chilean Name:  Cóguil , Voqui blanco , Voqui , Coguilera
English Name:  Zabala Fruit
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0123
About 1 Lardizabala in Chile and 1 in our data base.
About 2 Lardizabalaceae in Chile and 2 in our data base.

 

Edible plant   
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 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.     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.   In deep shadow. Deep ravines facing south with additional shadow from trees, or where there is a very dense vegetation cover which gives 80 - 100 % shadow (for instance, the Valdivian forests)     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.   
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Blue, 6 petals      Shrub   Climber     

Average germination, 30 - 60 %   

Native    Not Frequent

Height: 10 m.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

This plant is little known outside Chile, although many locals crave for its sweet fruits.

Image of Lardizabala biternata (Cóguil / Voqui blanco / Voqui / Coguilera). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Lardizabala biternata

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 700-950 m. 02 07, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub
Climber

Flower: Blue, 6 petals

Height: 10 m.

 

Image of Lardizabala biternata (Cóguil / Voqui blanco / Voqui / Coguilera). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Lardizabala biternata

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 700-950 m. 02 07, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.

 

Watering conditions:

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:

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.
In deep shadow. Deep ravines facing south with additional shadow from trees, or where there is a very dense vegetation cover which gives 80 - 100 % shadow (for instance, the Valdivian forests)

 

Image of Lardizabala biternata (Cóguil / Voqui blanco / Voqui / Coguilera). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Lardizabala biternata

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 700-950 m. 02 07, 2006

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

Useful properties:

Edible plant

 

 

 

Image of Lardizabala biternata (Cóguil / Voqui blanco / Voqui / Coguilera). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Lardizabala biternata

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 700-950 m. 02 07, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.

 

 

Average germination, 30 - 60 %

 

 

 

 

 

It is somewhat easier to cultivate than Bell flower (Lapageria rosea), although their habitats are more or less similar. Lardizabala is somewhat more tolerant to sunlight and does not require such acid soil as Lapageria rosea. To obtain good results you need fresh seeds and cold stratification (soak the seeds for one day in water, then put them into wet sand and put them into refrigerator at about +2 +5º C for about 30 days. Allow the seeds to breathe (ventilate from time to time) and check the humidity of the sand (it tends to dry out quickly, so adding moisture every three-four days is a must)

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More photos (11) of Lardizabala biternata Ruiz & Pav. available here

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

Boquila trifoliolata (Voqui blanco / Pilpilvoqui)

Lardizabala biternata (Cóguil / Voqui blanco / Voqui / Coguilera)

 

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