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Image of Loasa pallida (Ortiga caballuna blanca). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa pallida

V Region, Portillo, Chile
Altitude: 2500 m. 02 10, 2007

 

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Species:  Loasa pallida Gillies & Arn.
Family:  Loasaceae Identification OK, but we will check it just in case. Certainty 99 %.   
Order:  Violales
Chilean Name:  Ortiga caballuna blanca
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German Name: 
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Record:  0056
About 42 Loasa in Chile and 21 in our data base.
About 58 Loasaceae in Chile and 36 in our data base.

 

Medicinal   
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 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.     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.   
High altitude close to the timber line
White, 5 petals      Annual     

Endemic    Frequent

Height: 40 cm.

Some ornamental value (B)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Loasa pallida (Ortiga caballuna blanca). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa pallida

V Region, Portillo, Chile
Altitude: 2500 m. 02 10, 2007

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Annual

Flower: White, 5 petals

Height: 40 cm.

 

Image of Loasa pallida (Ortiga caballuna blanca). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa pallida

V Region, Portillo, Chile
Altitude: 2500 m. 02 10, 2007

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

High altitude close to the timber line

 

Watering conditions:

Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

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

 

Image of Loasa pallida (Ortiga caballuna blanca). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa pallida

V Region, Portillo, Chile
Altitude: 2500 m. 02 10, 2007

 

USES

Some ornamental value (B)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal

 

 

 

Image of Loasa pallida (Ortiga caballuna blanca). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa pallida

V Region, Portillo, Chile
Altitude: 2500 m. 02 10, 2007

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (16) of Loasa pallida Gillies & Arn. available here

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

Caiophora aff.

Caiophora andina

Caiophora chuquitensis (Ortiga)

Caiophora cirsiifolia

Caiophora coronata (Ortiguilla / Clavel-ortiga / Rupa chica)

Caiophora prietea

Caiophora rosulata

Caiophora silvestris (Ortiga caballuna)

Caiophora sp. #1305

Caiophora sp. #1421

Huidobria chilensis

Loasa acanthifolia

Loasa acerifolia

Loasa caespitosa

Loasa elongata

Loasa filicifolia (Ortiga macho)

Loasa fruticosa

Loasa lateritia (Loasa roja)

Loasa longiseta

Loasa martinii

Loasa multifida

Loasa nana

Loasa nitida

Loasa pallida (Ortiga caballuna blanca)

Loasa prostrata

Loasa sp. #1408

Loasa sp. #1472

Loasa sp. #1705

Loasa sp.

Loasa tricolor var. placei (Ortiga brava / Ortiga caballuna)

Loasa tricolor var. insons

Loasa triloba (Ortiga caballuna)

Mentzelia albescens

Mentzelia chilensis

Mentzelia pinnatifida (Palo blanco)

Scyphanthus elegans (Monjita)

 

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