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Image of Ephedra chilensis (Pingo-pingo / Transmontana / Solupe). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Ephedra chilensis

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

 

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Species:  Ephedra chilensis K. Presl
Family:  Ephedraceae Identification OK   
Order:  Gnetales
Chilean Name:  Pingo-pingo , Transmontana , Solupe
English Name:  Sea grape
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0321
About 5 Ephedra in Chile and 3 in our data base.
About 5 Ephedraceae in Chile and 3 in our data base.

 

Medicinal   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).     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
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
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Green, without information on the number of petals      Shrub     

Native    Frequent

Height:100

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Ephedra chilensis (Pingo-pingo / Transmontana / Solupe). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Ephedra chilensis

Region Metropolitana, Reserva Nacional Río Clarillo, Chile
Altitude: 800-900 m. 10 09, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: Green, without information on the number of petals

Height:100

 

Image of Ephedra chilensis (Pingo-pingo / Transmontana / Solupe). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Ephedra chilensis

Region Metropolitana, Reserva Nacional Río Clarillo, Chile
Altitude: 800-900 m. 10 09, 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
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.

 

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 Ephedra chilensis (Pingo-pingo / Transmontana / Solupe). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Ephedra chilensis

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

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal
Edible plant

 

 

 

Image of Ephedra chilensis (Pingo-pingo / Transmontana / Solupe). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Ephedra chilensis

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 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).

 

Very easy to cultivate

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (18) of Ephedra chilensis K. Presl available here

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

Ephedra breana

Ephedra chilensis (Pingo-pingo / Transmontana / Solupe)

Ephedra gracilis

 

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