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Image of Cistanthe grandiflora (Doquilla / Pata de guanaco). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cistanthe grandiflora

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1300-2100 m. 02 09, 2006

 

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Species:  Cistanthe grandiflora (Lindl.) Carolin ex Hershkovitz
Family:  Portulacaceae Identification very doubtful, we must check it in the near future. Certainty 50 %.   
Order:  Caryophyllales
Chilean Name:  Doquilla , Pata de guanaco
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0161
About 20 Cistanthe in Chile and 20 in our data base.
About 62 Portulacaceae in Chile and 62 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.     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
Red, 5 petals      Perennial     

Endemic    Frequent

Height: 70 cm.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Cistanthe grandiflora (Doquilla / Pata de guanaco). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cistanthe grandiflora

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1300-2100 m. 02 09, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial

Flower: Red, 5 petals

Height: 70 cm.

 

Image of Cistanthe grandiflora (Doquilla / Pata de guanaco). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cistanthe grandiflora

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1300-2100 m. 02 09, 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

 

Watering conditions:

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 Cistanthe grandiflora (Doquilla / Pata de guanaco). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cistanthe grandiflora

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1300-2100 m. 02 09, 2006

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

 

 

 

Image of Cistanthe grandiflora (Doquilla / Pata de guanaco). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cistanthe grandiflora

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1300-2100 m. 02 09, 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This plant is extremly resistent and very easy to cultivate. It can be grown both in very hot and dry environments and in cold conditions. It is so resistant, that it is virtually impossible to kill it, even for a complete beginner. We had one plant which was left without watering for over two months in summer and it had not suffered at all. Another one was left in semi-dark area and watered profusely, and it also did not show any negative signs. This implies that the plant would do well in indoor conditions (as a indoor winter plant, for instance).

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More photos (7) of Cistanthe grandiflora (Lindl.) Carolin ex Hershkovitz available here

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