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Image of Puya venusta (Chagualillo). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Puya venusta

IV Region, Caleta El Teniente, Chile
Altitude: 10-30 m. 09 24, 2006

 

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Species:  Puya venusta Phil.
Family:  Bromeliaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Bromeliales
Chilean Name:  Chagualillo
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Record:  0415
About 10 Puya in Chile and 8 in our data base.
About 30 Bromeliaceae in Chile and 22 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 10 and 11. The plant does not tolerate freezing.     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.     Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Blue, 3 petals      Shrub     

Endemic    Frequent

Height: 1.5 m.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Puya venusta (Chagualillo). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Puya venusta

IV Region, Caleta El Teniente, Chile
Altitude: 10-30 m. 09 24, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: Blue, 3 petals

Height: 1.5 m.

 

Image of Puya venusta (Chagualillo). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Puya venusta

V Region, Pichidangui, Chile
Altitude: 0-50 m. 05 28, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.
Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

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.

 

Image of Puya venusta (Chagualillo). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Puya venusta

IV Region, Caleta El Teniente, Chile
Altitude: 10-30 m. 09 24, 2006

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

 

 

 

Image of Puya venusta (Chagualillo). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Puya venusta

V Region, Pichidangui, Chile
Altitude: 0-50 m. 05 28, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 10 and 11. The plant does not tolerate freezing.

 

Very easy to cultivate

 

 

 

 

 

 

This plant is very easy to cultivate. In the first place, the seeds can be stored for long period of times and they germinate very easily. We carried out a germination test with a seed lot which was collected in February of 2006 (the best time for seed collection is around March - April). The germination was carried out in May 2007. The seeds were soaked for 48 hours in tap water (at 12º C), then planted supeficially in 50 % sand - 50 % tierra de hojas. They were kept at +15º - + 18º C and exposed to natural light (sunlight). The germination started on the 5th day, and on the 11th day the germination was over 50 %. In its natural habitat the plant grows in relatively limited conditions (+8 + 24º C, no direct sunlight, no freezing), however, it is very likely that the plant is much more resistant. We have brought a few 1 year and 2 year old plants to Talca, where summer temperatures were above 30º C, and there were freezing spells already. So far the plants are doing well and we will keep checking on that matter to see whether this species may tolerate a wider temperature range. So far the young plants have grown very satisfactorily and doubled the size.

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More photos (5) of Puya venusta Phil. available here

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

Deuterocohnia chrysantha

Fascicularia bicolor (Puñeñe / Chupón / Chupalla)

Fascicularia litoralis (Puñeñe / Chupón / Chupalla)

Greigia landbeckii (Chupón / Quiscal)

Greigia sphacelata

Ochagavia andina

Ochagavia carnea (Cardoncillo)

Ochagavia lindleyana

Ochagavia litoralis

Puya berteroniana (Puya / Chagual / Cardon / Magüey)

Puya boliviensis

Puya chilensis (Puya / Chagual)

Puya coerulea var. monteroana (Chagualillo)

Puya coerulea

Puya coerulea

Puya gilmartinii

Puya venusta (Chagualillo)

Tillandsia capillaris (Clavel del aire)

Tillandsia geissei

Tillandsia landbeckii

Tillandsia macronae

Tillandsia usneoides (Heno)

 

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