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Image of Nertera granadensis (Rucachucao / Coralito / Quelligüenchucaou). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Nertera granadensis

X Region, Alerce Costero, Chile
Altitude: 700-900 m. 03 20, 2007

 

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Species:  Nertera granadensis (Mutis ex L.f.) Druce
Family:  Rubiaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Rubiales
Chilean Name:  Rucachucao , Coralito , Quelligüenchucaou
English Name:  coral bead plant/pin-cushion plant/bead plant
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0099
About 1 Nertera in Chile and 1 in our data base.
About 36 Rubiaceae in Chile and 16 in our data base.

 

Medicinal   POISONOUS 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 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).     In deep shadow. Deep ravines facing south with additional shadow from trees, or where there is a very dense vegetation cover which gives 80 - 100 % shadow (for instance, the Valdivian forests)     Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   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.   
Low altitude, interior valleys
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Green, without information on the number of petals      Perennial     

Foreign    Frequent

Height: 10 cm.

Some ornamental value (B)

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INTRODUCTION

This is an extremely beautiful perennial plant, very ornamental due to the red berries which persist for long time on the plant. It is especially well suited for indoor cultivation, but for wet, cool, and foggy areas it can be perfectly well kept outdoors, as a mat-forming plant.

Image of Nertera granadensis (Rucachucao / Coralito / Quelligüenchucaou). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Nertera granadensis

X Region, Alerce Costero, Chile
Altitude: 700-900 m. 03 20, 2007

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial

Flower: Green, without information on the number of petals

Height: 10 cm.

 

Image of Nertera granadensis (Rucachucao / Coralito / Quelligüenchucaou). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Nertera granadensis

X Region, Hueicolla, Chile
Altitude: 0-200 m. 03 26, 2008

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

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

In deep shadow. Deep ravines facing south with additional shadow from trees, or where there is a very dense vegetation cover which gives 80 - 100 % shadow (for instance, the Valdivian forests)

 

Image of Nertera granadensis (Rucachucao / Coralito / Quelligüenchucaou). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Nertera granadensis

X Region, Hueicolla, Chile
Altitude: 0-200 m. 03 26, 2008

 

USES

Some ornamental value (B)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal
POISONOUS Plant

 

 

 

It is a very beautiful, decorative plant.

Image of Nertera granadensis (Rucachucao / Coralito / Quelligüenchucaou). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Nertera granadensis

X Region, Hueicolla, Chile
Altitude: 0-200 m. 03 26, 2008

 

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).

 

Difficult to cultivate

 

 


 

acid soil with a significant content of ogranic matter

 


 

Recommended germination temperature: +18°C + 22°C

 

This plant is relatively difficult to maintain, since it requires cool temperatures, good, but not excessive humidity (in natural habitat it tolerates well very humid conditions, but not so in pot cultivation), no sunlight. It is also important to let the plant undergo cold rest during winter, lowering the temperature to about +5°C for several weeks. However, this plant does not tolerate well prolonged freezing. The seeds should be sown in spring superficially in a rather acid substrate with good drainage, covered just a bit by substrate. Cold stratification is not necessary. Because of the delicate nature of this plant it is often cultivated as an annual, although if you can provide adequate conditions, it can survive well .

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More photos (17) of Nertera granadensis (Mutis ex L.f.) Druce available here

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Galium eriocapium

Galium eriocarpum

Galium hypocarpium (Relbún)

Galium sp. #1345

Galium sp. #2363

Galium trichocarpum

Nertera granadensis (Rucachucao / Coralito / Quelligüenchucaou)

Oreopolus glacialis (Oreopolo)

Oreopolus palmae

Oreopolus sp. #1415

Sherardia arvensis

 

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