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Image of Galium hypocarpium (Relbún). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Galium hypocarpium

VII Region, Camino a El Melado, Chile
Altitude: 400-1200 m. 01 21, 2006

 

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Species:  Galium hypocarpium (L.) Endl. ex Griseb.
Family:  Rubiaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Rubiales
Chilean Name:  Relbún
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Record:  0337
About 22 Galium in Chile and 7 in our data base.
About 36 Rubiaceae in Chile and 16 in our data base.

 

Medicinal   Industrial Use   
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).     In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.     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
Green, 4 petals      Perennial   Climber     

Native    Very Frequent

Height: 1.5 m.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Galium hypocarpium (Relbún). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Galium hypocarpium

VII Region, Camino a Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 500-2200 m. 01 13, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial
Climber

Flower: Green, 4 petals

Height: 1.5 m.

 

Image of Galium hypocarpium (Relbún). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Galium hypocarpium

VII Region, Camino a Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 500-2200 m. 01 13, 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:

In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.

 

Image of Galium hypocarpium (Relbún). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Galium hypocarpium

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 400-850 m. 01 15, 2006

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal
Industrial Use

 

 

 

Image of Galium hypocarpium (Relbún). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Galium hypocarpium

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 400-850 m. 01 15, 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Cruckshanksia hymenodon var. hymenodon

Cruckshanksia hymenodon

Cruckshanksia montiana

Cruckshanksia pumila

Cruckshanksia sp. #1346

Galium aparine (lengua de gato)

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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