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Image of Tropaeolum tricolor (Soldadito rojo / Relicario). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Tropaeolum tricolor

IV Region, Mineral de Talca, Chile
Altitude: 248 m. 09 15, 2006

 

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Species:  Tropaeolum tricolor Sweet
Family:  Tropaeolaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Geraniales
Chilean Name:  Soldadito rojo , Relicario
English Name:  Nasturtium
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0543
About 24 Tropaeolum in Chile and 17 in our data base.
About 25 Tropaeolaceae in Chile and 17 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 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.     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.     Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   
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.
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Red, 5 petals      Perennial   Climber     

Endemic    Frequent

Height: 2 m.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Tropaeolum tricolor (Soldadito rojo / Relicario). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Tropaeolum tricolor

IV Region, Mineral de Talca, Chile
Altitude: 248 m. 09 15, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial
Climber

Flower: Red, 5 petals

Height: 2 m.

 

Image of Tropaeolum tricolor (Soldadito rojo / Relicario). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Tropaeolum tricolor

IV Region, Mineral de Talca, Chile
Altitude: 20 m. 09 15, 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.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

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

 

Image of Tropaeolum tricolor (Soldadito rojo / Relicario). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Tropaeolum tricolor

IV Region, Mineral de Talca, Chile
Altitude: 248 m. 09 15, 2006

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

 

 

 

Image of Tropaeolum tricolor (Soldadito rojo / Relicario). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Tropaeolum tricolor

IV Region, Mineral de Talca, Chile
Altitude: 248 m. 09 15, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (8) of Tropaeolum tricolor Sweet available here

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

Tropaeolum azureum (Soldadillo azul / Pajarito azul)

Tropaeolum beuthii

Tropaeolum brachyceras

Tropaeolum ciliatum (Pajarito)

Tropaeolum gracile

Tropaeolum hookerianum ssp. austropurpureum (Soldadito / Pajarito / Relicario)

Tropaeolum hookerianum var. hookerianum

Tropaeolum incisum (Soldadito)

Tropaeolum leptophyllum

Tropaeolum leptophyllum

Tropaeolum majus

Tropaeolum nubigenum

Tropaeolum polyphyllum (Soldadito grande de la cordillera)

Tropaeolum sessilifolium (Soldadito de cordillera)

Tropaeolum sp.

Tropaeolum speciosum (Coralito / Quintralito / Voqui)

Tropaeolum tricolor (Soldadito rojo / Relicario)

 

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