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Image of Caiophora chuquitensis (Ortiga). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Caiophora chuquitensis

I Region, Chusmiza, Chile
Altitude: 2900-3200 m. 06 20, 2009

 

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Species:  Caiophora chuquitensis (Meyen) Urb.
Family:  Loasaceae Identification OK, but we will check it just in case. Certainty 99 %.   
Order: 
Chilean Name:  Ortiga
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Record:  2033
About 10 Caiophora in Chile and 10 in our data base.
About 58 Loasaceae in Chile and 36 in our data base.

 

Medicinal   
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
Red, 5 petals   Red, 6 petals   Red, 7 - 14 petals      Perennial     

Native    Frequent

Height: 1.2 m.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Caiophora chuquitensis (Ortiga). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Caiophora chuquitensis

I Region, Chusmiza, Chile
Altitude: 2900-3200 m. 06 20, 2009

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial

Flower: Red, 5 petals
Red, 6 petals
Red, 7 - 14 petals

Height: 1.2 m.

 

Image of Caiophora chuquitensis (Ortiga). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Caiophora chuquitensis

I Region, Chusmiza, Chile
Altitude: 2900-3200 m. 06 20, 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 Caiophora chuquitensis (Ortiga). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Caiophora chuquitensis

I Region, Chusmiza, Chile
Altitude: 2900-3200 m. 06 20, 2009

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal

 

 

 

Image of Caiophora chuquitensis (Ortiga). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Caiophora chuquitensis

I Region, Chusmiza, Chile
Altitude: 2900-3200 m. 06 20, 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 (3) of Caiophora chuquitensis (Meyen) Urb. available here

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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