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

 

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Species:  Mirabilis ovatus (Ruiz & Pav.) Meigen
Family:  Nyctaginaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Caryophyllales
Chilean Name:  Dengue
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0886
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 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
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     

Native    Not Frequent

Height: 70 cm.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Mirabilis ovatus (Dengue). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Mirabilis ovatus

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

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial

Flower: Red, 5 petals

Height: 70 cm.

 

Image of Mirabilis ovatus (Dengue). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Mirabilis ovatus

III Region, Chollay, Chile
Altitude: 180-1900 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
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.

 

Image of Mirabilis ovatus (Dengue). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Mirabilis ovatus

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

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

 

 

 

Image of Mirabilis ovatus (Dengue). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Mirabilis ovatus

III Region, Chollay, Chile
Altitude: 180-1900 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 photos (7) of Mirabilis ovatus (Ruiz & Pav.) Meigen 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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