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

 

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Species:  Mirabilis prostrata (Ruiz & Pav.) Heimerl.
Family:  Nyctaginaceae Identification doubtful, we are going to check it in the near future. Certainty 80 %.   
Order:  Caryophyllales
Chilean Name: 
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Record:  0544
About 5 Mirabilis in Chile and 5 in our data base.
About 8 Nyctaginaceae in Chile and 6 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.   Exposed, but with protection from direct sun through coastal fog (camanchaca).     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 mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Red, 5 petals      Annual     

Native    Frequent

Height: 50 cm.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Mirabilis prostrata (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Mirabilis prostrata

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

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Annual

Flower: Red, 5 petals

Height: 50 cm.

 

Image of Mirabilis prostrata (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Mirabilis prostrata

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

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
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.
Exposed, but with protection from direct sun through coastal fog (camanchaca).

 

Image of Mirabilis prostrata (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Mirabilis prostrata

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

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

 

 

 

Image of Mirabilis prostrata (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Mirabilis prostrata

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

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (7) of Mirabilis prostrata (Ruiz & Pav.) Heimerl. available here

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

Boerhaavia sp. #1818

Mirabilis elegans

Mirabilis elegans

Mirabilis ovatus (Dengue)

Mirabilis prostrata

Mirabilis sp. #2336

 

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