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XV Region, Zapahuira, Chile
Altitude: 3500 m. 06 15, 2009

 

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Species:  Balbisia microphylla (Phil.) Reiche
Family:  Ledocarpaceae Identification OK   
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Record:  2014
About 3 Balbisia in Chile and 2 in our data base.
About 3 Ledocarpaceae in Chile and 3 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).     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.     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.   
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Yellow, 5 petals      Shrub     

Endemic    Very Frequent

Height: 80 cm.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Balbisia microphylla (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Balbisia microphylla

XV Region, Zapahuira, Chile
Altitude: 3500 m. 06 15, 2009

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: Yellow, 5 petals

Height: 80 cm.

 

Image of Balbisia microphylla (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Balbisia microphylla

XV Region, Zapahuira, Chile
Altitude: 3500 m. 06 15, 2009

 

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

 

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.

 

Image of Balbisia microphylla (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Balbisia microphylla

XV Region, Zapahuira, Chile
Altitude: 3500 m. 06 15, 2009

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

 

 

 

Image of Balbisia microphylla (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Balbisia microphylla

XV Region, Zapahuira, Chile
Altitude: 3500 m. 06 15, 2009

 

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 (2) of Balbisia microphylla (Phil.) Reiche available here

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

Balbisia microphylla

Balbisia peduncularis

Wendtia gracilis (Oreganillo amarillo)

 

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