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III Region, Canto de Agua, Chile
Altitude: 300 m. 09 17, 2008

 

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Species:  Heliotropium megalanthum I.M. Johnst
Family:  Boraginaceae Identification doubtful, we are going to check it in the near future. Certainty 80 %.   
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Record:  1123
About 31 Heliotropium in Chile and 13 in our data base.
About 113 Boraginaceae in Chile and 39 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 10 and 11. The plant does not tolerate freezing.     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.   Exposed, but with protection from direct sun through coastal fog (camanchaca).     Extremely dry areas with very rare rainfall. The dry season lasts 8 - 12 months and in some years it is possible to have no rainfall at all. Rainfall less than 100 mm/year.   Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
White, 5 petals      Shrub     

Endemic    Not Frequent

Height: 40 cm.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Heliotropium megalanthum (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Heliotropium megalanthum

III Region, Canto de Agua, Chile
Altitude: 300 m. 09 17, 2008

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: White, 5 petals

Height: 40 cm.

 

Image of Heliotropium megalanthum (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Heliotropium megalanthum

III Region, Canto de Agua, Chile
Altitude: 300 m. 09 17, 2008

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Extremely dry areas with very rare rainfall. The dry season lasts 8 - 12 months and in some years it is possible to have no rainfall at all. Rainfall less than 100 mm/year.
Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.
Exposed, but with protection from direct sun through coastal fog (camanchaca).

 

Image of Heliotropium megalanthum (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Heliotropium megalanthum

III Region, Canto de Agua, Chile
Altitude: 300 m. 09 17, 2008

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

 

 

 

Image of Heliotropium megalanthum (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Heliotropium megalanthum

III Region, Canto de Agua, Chile
Altitude: 300 m. 09 17, 2008

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 10 and 11. The plant does not tolerate freezing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (2) of Heliotropium megalanthum I.M. Johnst available here

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Boraginaceae sp. #1942

Cordia decandra (Carboncillo / Carbón)

Cryptantha cynoglossoides

Cryptantha diffusa

Cryptantha gnaphalioides

Cryptantha involucrata

Cryptantha sp. #1590

Cryptantha sp. #1592

Cryptantha sp. #1595

Cryptantha sp. #1951

Cryptantha sp. #2759

Cryptantha subamplexicaulis

Cynoglossum creticum (Trupa / Garrapatilla)

Echium vulgare (Hierba azul / Viborera / Ortiguilla)

Heliotopium floridum

Heliotropium chenopodiaceum

Heliotropium curassavicum

Heliotropium filifolium

Heliotropium geissei

Heliotropium lineariifolium (Palito negro / Monte negro)

Heliotropium megalanthum

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Heliotropium pycnophyllum

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Unidentified Plant sp. #2406

 

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