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VII Region, Laguna El Tomate, Chile
Altitude: 1800-2200 m. 04 20, 2008

 

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Species:  Polystichum plicatum (Poepp. Ex Kunze) Hicken
Family:  Dryopteridaceae Identification doubtful, we are going to check it in the near future. Certainty 80 %.   
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Record:  1074
About 11 Polystichum in Chile and 2 in our data base.
About 18 Dryopteridaceae in Chile and 1 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 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even  -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).     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.   In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.     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).   
High altitude close to the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
   Fern     

Native    Not Frequent

Height: 40 cm.

Some ornamental value (B)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Polystichum plicatum (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Polystichum plicatum

VII Region, Laguna El Tomate, Chile
Altitude: 1800-2200 m. 04 20, 2008

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Fern

Height: 40 cm.

 

Image of Polystichum plicatum (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Polystichum plicatum

VII Region, Laguna El Tomate, Chile
Altitude: 1800-2200 m. 04 20, 2008

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

High altitude close to the timber line
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.
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.
In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.

 

Image of Polystichum plicatum (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Polystichum plicatum

VII Region, Laguna El Tomate, Chile
Altitude: 1800-2200 m. 04 20, 2008

 

USES

Some ornamental value (B)

 

 

 

 

Image of Polystichum plicatum (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Polystichum plicatum

VII Region, Laguna El Tomate, Chile
Altitude: 1800-2200 m. 04 20, 2008

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Polystichum plicatum

 

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