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II Region, Quebrada La Rinconada, Chile
Altitude: 150-250 m. 11 09, 2008

 

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Species:  Loasa nitida Lam.
Family:  Loasaceae Identification OK, but we will check it just in case. Certainty 99 %.   
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Record:  1208
About 42 Loasa in Chile and 21 in our data base.
About 58 Loasaceae in Chile and 36 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.     Exposed, but with protection from direct sun through coastal fog (camanchaca).     Coastal fog/camanchaca: The plants obtain water mainly from condensation.   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.   
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Yellow, 5 petals      Annual     

    Frequent

Height: 50 cm.

Some ornamental value (B)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Loasa nitida (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa nitida

II Region, Quebrada La Rinconada, Chile
Altitude: 150-250 m. 11 09, 2008

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Annual

Flower: Yellow, 5 petals

Height: 50 cm.

 

Image of Loasa nitida (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa nitida

II Region, Quebrada La Rinconada, Chile
Altitude: 150-250 m. 11 09, 2008

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Coastal fog/camanchaca: The plants obtain water mainly from condensation.
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.

 

Light conditions:

Exposed, but with protection from direct sun through coastal fog (camanchaca).

 

Image of Loasa nitida (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa nitida

II Region, Quebrada La Rinconada, Chile
Altitude: 150-250 m. 11 09, 2008

 

USES

Some ornamental value (B)

 

 

 

 

Image of Loasa nitida (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa nitida

II Region, Quebrada La Rinconada, Chile
Altitude: 150-250 m. 11 09, 2008

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

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

 

Very difficult to cultivate

 

 

 

 

 

 

This plant is extremely difficult to cultivate from seeds.

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

Caiophora aff.

Caiophora andina

Caiophora chuquitensis (Ortiga)

Caiophora cirsiifolia

Caiophora coronata (Ortiguilla / Clavel-ortiga / Rupa chica)

Caiophora prietea

Caiophora rosulata

Caiophora silvestris (Ortiga caballuna)

Caiophora sp. #1305

Caiophora sp. #1421

Huidobria chilensis

Loasa acanthifolia

Loasa acerifolia

Loasa caespitosa

Loasa elongata

Loasa filicifolia (Ortiga macho)

Loasa fruticosa

Loasa lateritia (Loasa roja)

Loasa longiseta

Loasa martinii

Loasa multifida

Loasa nana

Loasa nitida

Loasa pallida (Ortiga caballuna blanca)

Loasa prostrata

Loasa sp. #1408

Loasa sp. #1472

Loasa sp. #1705

Loasa sp.

Loasa tricolor var. placei (Ortiga brava / Ortiga caballuna)

Loasa tricolor var. insons

Loasa triloba (Ortiga caballuna)

Mentzelia albescens

Mentzelia chilensis

Mentzelia pinnatifida (Palo blanco)

Scyphanthus elegans (Monjita)

 

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