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Image of Dioscorea humifusa (huanqui). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Dioscorea humifusa

VII Region, Pelarco, Libueno, Chile
Altitude: 280-320 m. 09 02, 2006

 

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Species:  Dioscorea humifusa Poepp.
Family:  Dioscoreaceae Identification doubtful, we are going to check it in the near future. Certainty 80 %.   
Order:  Liliales
Chilean Name:  huanqui
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Record:  0594
About 36 Dioscorea in Chile and 14 in our data base.
About 37 Dioscoreaceae in Chile and 15 in our data base.

 

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).     Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.   In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.     Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
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, 6 petals      Perennial   Climber     

Endemic    Very Frequent

Height: 1.2 m.

Some ornamental value (B)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Dioscorea humifusa (huanqui). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Dioscorea humifusa

VII Region, Pelarco, Libueno, Chile
Altitude: 280-320 m. 09 02, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial
Climber

Flower: Green, 6 petals

Height: 1.2 m.

 

Image of Dioscorea humifusa (huanqui). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Dioscorea humifusa

VII Region, Pelarco, Libueno, Chile
Altitude: 280-320 m. 09 02, 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:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).
Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.
In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.

 

Image of Dioscorea humifusa (huanqui). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Dioscorea humifusa

VII Region, Pelarco, Libueno, Chile
Altitude: 280-320 m. 09 02, 2006

 

USES

Some ornamental value (B)

 

 

 

 

Image of Dioscorea humifusa (huanqui). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Dioscorea humifusa

VII Region, Pelarco, Libueno, Chile
Altitude: 280-320 m. 09 02, 2006

 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (6) of Dioscorea humifusa Poepp. available here

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

Dioscorea (small flower, climber)

Dioscorea brachybotrya (Papa cimarrona / Jaboncillo)

Dioscorea bryoniifolia (Camisilla)

Dioscorea fastigiata

Dioscorea humifusa (huanqui)

Dioscorea parviflora

Dioscorea saxatilis (Jabón del monte)

Dioscorea sp. #1217

Dioscorea sp. #1484

Dioscorea sp. #1498

Dioscorea sp. #1500

Dioscorea sp. #1534

Dioscorea sp.

Dioscorea volckmannii (Jabón del monte)

Epipetrum humile

 

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