HOMEPLANT DATA BASEPLANT SEARCH ENGINESEEDS SHOP

Image of Gaultheria pumila (Chaura). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Gaultheria pumila

IX Region, Villarica & Lago Budi, Chile
Altitude: 1500 m. 02 19, 2006

 

FIRST RECORD<< PREVIOUSNEXT >>LAST RECORD

New Forum opened! Ask questions about this plant!

Species:  Gaultheria pumila (L.f.) D.J.Middleton
Family:  Ericaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Ericales
Chilean Name:  Chaura
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0088
About 19 Gaultheria in Chile and 7 in our data base.
About 19 Ericaceae in Chile and 7 in our data base.

 

Edible plant   
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).     Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.     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
White, 5 petals      Shrub     

Good germination, 60 - 80 %   

Native    Very Frequent

Height: 80 cm.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

Our philosophy and explanations about this page


Here you can buy the seeds of this species.

 

INTRODUCTION

This is one of my favorites, "chaura," a small, hardy plant which feels at home both at high altitudes and lowlands, tolerates snowy winters, dry and wet soils. It is also perfectly suited for potting, because generally it is not very big (20 - 30 cm). It has very sweet edible white or reddish fruits which taste somewaht like vanilla. When flowering, it is speckled with small, but very numerous, beatifully shaped white flowers.

Image of Gaultheria pumila (Chaura). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Gaultheria pumila

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1600-2600 m. 02 11, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: White, 5 petals

Height: 80 cm.

 

Image of Gaultheria pumila (Chaura). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Gaultheria pumila

IX Region, Villarica & Lago Budi, Chile
Altitude: 1500 m. 02 19, 2006

 

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

 

Watering conditions:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).

 

Light conditions:

Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.

 

Image of Gaultheria pumila (Chaura). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Gaultheria pumila

IX Region, Villarica & Lago Budi, Chile
Altitude: 1500 m. 02 19, 2006

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

Useful properties:

Edible plant

 

 

 

Image of Gaultheria pumila (Chaura). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Gaultheria pumila

IX Region, Villarica & Lago Budi, Chile
Altitude: 1500 m. 02 19, 2006

 

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).

 

 

Good germination, 60 - 80 %

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in purchasing seeds of this or similar species, please go to our On-line Seeds Shop.

 

More photos (18) of Gaultheria pumila (L.f.) D.J.Middleton available here

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

Gaultheria caespitosa (Murtillo)

Gaultheria insana (Hued-hued)

Gaultheria mucronata

Gaultheria phillyreifolia (Chaura común)

Gaultheria phillyreifolia var. alba

Gaultheria pumila (Chaura)

Gaultheria sp.

 

Home  |   Plant Data Base  |  Plant Search Engine   |  Seeds Shop

First Record   |  Previous Record  |  Next Record  |  Last Record

 

English  |   Español  |   Deutsch  |   Русский

한국어  |   日本語  |   中文

 

Copyright © 2005-2009 Michail Belov. All rights reserved

If you are interested in using these photographs...