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Image of Escallonia virgata (Mata negra / Meki). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Escallonia virgata

VII Region, Camino a Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1350-2100 m. 02 02, 2006

 

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Species:  Escallonia virgata (Ruiz & Pav.) Pers.
Family:  Escalloniaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Rosales
Chilean Name:  Mata negra , Meki
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German Name: 
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Record:  0315
About 30 Escallonia in Chile and 6 in our data base.
About 32 Escalloniaceae in Chile and 6 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.     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.   Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
White, 5 petals        

Native    Frequent

Height: 3 m.

No ornamental value (C)

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INTRODUCTION

This is a beautiful high mountain shrub, flowering with whitish flowers, somewhaat bigger than those of escalonia alpina. It can be easily grown as a bonsai-type tree because of its low height and propensity to grow wide.

Image of Escallonia virgata (Mata negra / Meki). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Escallonia virgata

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Altos del Lircay, Chile
Altitude: 1400-2200 m. 01 18, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Flower: White, 5 petals

Height: 3 m.

 

Image of Escallonia virgata (Mata negra / Meki). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Escallonia virgata

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Altos del Lircay, Chile
Altitude: 1400-2200 m. 01 18, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

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.
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.

 

This shrub grows at higher elevations, and frequently it forms the upper limit of timber line in the mountains. It prefers some protection against the sun and places with a lot of humidity, usually occupying the borders of small brooks.

Image of Escallonia virgata (Mata negra / Meki). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Escallonia virgata

VII Region, Camino a Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1350-2100 m. 02 02, 2006

 

USES

No ornamental value (C)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal

 

 

 

Image of Escallonia virgata (Mata negra / Meki). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Escallonia virgata

VII Region, Camino a Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1350-2100 m. 02 02, 2006

 

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 (4) of Escallonia virgata (Ruiz & Pav.) Pers. available here

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

Escallonia leucantha (Siete camisas / Luncillo / Ñipa blanca)

Escallonia pulverulenta (Madroño / Corontillo / Siete camisas)

Escallonia revoluta (Lun)

Escallonia rubra (Siete camisas colorado / Ñipa / Yang- yang)

Escallonia virgata (Mata negra / Meki)

Tribeles australis

 

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