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Region Metropolitana, Embalse Yeso, Chile
Altitude: 2500 m. 03 20, 2010

 

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Species:  Colobanthus quitensis (Humb.Bonpl. & Kunth) Bartl.
Family:  Caryophyllaceae Identification very doubtful, we must check it in the near future. Certainty 50 %.   
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Record:  2162
About 3 Colobanthus in Chile and 1 in our data base.
About 57 Caryophyllaceae in Chile and 23 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.     The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores.   
High altitude close to the timber line
White, 5 petals      Perennial     

    Not Frequent

Height: 8 cm.

Some ornamental value (B)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Colobanthus quitensis (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Colobanthus quitensis

Region Metropolitana, Embalse Yeso, Chile
Altitude: 2500 m. 03 20, 2010

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial

Flower: White, 5 petals

Height: 8 cm.

 

Image of Colobanthus quitensis (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Colobanthus quitensis

Region Metropolitana, Embalse Yeso, Chile
Altitude: 2500 m. 03 20, 2010

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

High altitude close to the timber line

 

Watering conditions:

The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.

 

Image of Colobanthus quitensis (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Colobanthus quitensis

Region Metropolitana, Embalse Yeso, Chile
Altitude: 2500 m. 03 20, 2010

 

USES

Some ornamental value (B)

 

 

 

 

Image of Colobanthus quitensis (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Colobanthus quitensis

Region Metropolitana, Embalse Yeso, Chile
Altitude: 2500 m. 03 20, 2010

 

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 photos (3) of Colobanthus quitensis (Humb.Bonpl. & Kunth) Bartl. available here

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Arenaria rivularis

Arenaria serpens

Cardionema ramosissimum

Cerastium arvense (Cuernecita)

Cerastium fontanum

Cerastium montioides

Colobanthus quitensis

Paronchyia sp. #1761

Petrorhagia prolifera

Pycnophyllum bryoides (Llaretilla/Tacsana)

Pycnophyllum molle

Pycnophyllum sp. #1695

Saponaria officinalis (Jabonera / Saponaria)

Scleranthus sp. #2331

Silene andicola

Silene chilensis

Silene gallica (Calabacillo)

Spergularia

Spergularia sp. #1701

Spergularia sp. #1062

Spergularia sp. #2004

Stellaria chilensis (quilloiquilloi)

Stellaria media (Quilloi-quilloi)

 

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