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Image of Acaena leptacantha (Pimpinela). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Acaena leptacantha

VII Region, Paso Vergara, Chile
Altitude: 2700 m. 02 28, 2007

 

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Species:  Acaena leptacantha Phil.
Family:  Rosaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Rosales
Chilean Name:  Pimpinela
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  1459
About 20 Acaena in Chile and 11 in our data base.
About 46 Rosaceae in Chile and 28 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 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.     Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   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
Green, without information on the number of petals      Perennial     

Native    Frequent

Height: 25 cm.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Acaena leptacantha (Pimpinela). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Acaena leptacantha

VII Region, Paso Vergara, Chile
Altitude: 2700 m. 02 28, 2007

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial

Flower: Green, without information on the number of petals

Height: 25 cm.

 

Image of Acaena leptacantha (Pimpinela). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Acaena leptacantha

VII Region, Paso Vergara, Chile
Altitude: 2700 m. 02 28, 2007

 

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

 

Watering conditions:

Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.
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 Acaena leptacantha (Pimpinela). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Acaena leptacantha

VII Region, Paso Vergara, Chile
Altitude: 2700 m. 02 28, 2007

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

 

 

 

Image of Acaena leptacantha (Pimpinela). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Acaena leptacantha

VII Region, Paso Vergara, Chile
Altitude: 2700 m. 02 28, 2007

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (20) of Acaena leptacantha Phil. available here

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

Acaena alpina (Cepacaballo / Cadillo)

Acaena antarctica

Acaena argentea (Cadillo / Trun / Amor seco / Zarzaparrilla / Proquín)

Acaena caespitosa

Acaena integerrima

Acaena leptacantha (Pimpinela)

Acaena magellanica

Acaena ovalifolia

Acaena pinnatifida (Pimpinela cimarrona / Abrojo)

Acaena sericea

Acaena splendens (Abrojo / Cadillo / Choncli / Amor seco / Cepacaballo)

Aphanes sp. #2312

Crataegus monogyna (Crategus / Peumo alemán / Peumo extranjero)

Fragaria chiloensis (Frutilla silvestre)

Geum magellanicum (Hierba del clavo)

Kageneckia angustifolia (Frangel / Olivillo de cordillera)

Kageneckia oblonga (Bollén)

Margyricarpus pinnatus (Hierba de la perlilla)

Polylepis rugulosa

Polylepis tarapacana

Potentilla sp. #2357

Pyracantha sp. #2361

Quillaja saponaria (Quillay)

Rosa moschata (Rosa mosqueta / Mosqueta / Rosa silvestre)

Rubus geoides (Miñe-miñe)

Rubus ulmifolius (Zarzamora / Mora)

Tetraglochin alatum (Horizonte / Caulia)

Tetraglochin cristata (Horzonte/añaguaya)

 

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