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Image of Pleurophora pungens (Lengua de gallina). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Pleurophora pungens

III Region, Chollay, Chile
Altitude: 180-1900 m. 10 30, 2007

 

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Species:  Pleurophora pungens D.Don
Family:  Lythraceae Identification OK   
Order: 
Chilean Name:  Lengua de gallina
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0819
About 3 Pleurophora in Chile and 2 in our data base.
About 3 Lythraceae in Chile and 2 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.   Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Red, 6 petals      Shrub     

Endemic    Frequent

Height: 15 cm.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Pleurophora pungens (Lengua de gallina). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Pleurophora pungens

III Region, Chollay, Chile
Altitude: 180-1900 m. 10 30, 2007

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: Red, 6 petals

Height: 15 cm.

 

Image of Pleurophora pungens (Lengua de gallina). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Pleurophora pungens

III Region, Chollay, Chile
Altitude: 1950-2150 m. 10 30, 2007

 

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.
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.

 

Image of Pleurophora pungens (Lengua de gallina). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Pleurophora pungens

III Region, Chollay, Chile
Altitude: 1950-2150 m. 10 30, 2007

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

 

 

 

Image of Pleurophora pungens (Lengua de gallina). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Pleurophora pungens

III Region, Chollay, Chile
Altitude: 1950-2150 m. 10 30, 2007

 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Pleurophora pungens (Lengua de gallina)

Pleurophora sp. #1317

 

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