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Image of Microsteris gracilis (Rueda chica). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Microsteris gracilis

Region Metropolitana, Parque Nacional El Morado, Chile
Altitude: 1920-2030 m. 11 13, 2006

 

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Species:  Microsteris gracilis (Dough. ex Hook.) Greene
Family:  Polemoniaceae Identification doubtful, we are going to check it in the near future. Certainty 80 %.   
Order: 
Chilean Name:  Rueda chica
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  2330
About 1 Microsteris in Chile and 1 in our data base.
About 10 Polemoniaceae in Chile and 5 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.     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.   Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Low altitude, interior valleys
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
White, 5 petals      Annual     

Native    Not Frequent

Height: 10 cm.

No ornamental value (C)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Microsteris gracilis (Rueda chica). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Microsteris gracilis

Region Metropolitana, Parque Nacional El Morado, Chile
Altitude: 1920-2030 m. 11 13, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Annual

Flower: White, 5 petals

Height: 10 cm.

 

Image of Microsteris gracilis (Rueda chica). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Microsteris gracilis

Region Metropolitana, Parque Nacional El Morado, Chile
Altitude: 1920-2030 m. 11 13, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Low altitude, interior valleys
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.
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 Microsteris gracilis (Rueda chica). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Microsteris gracilis

Region Metropolitana, Parque Nacional El Morado, Chile
Altitude: 1920-2030 m. 11 13, 2006

 

USES

No ornamental value (C)

 

 

 

 

Image of Microsteris gracilis (Rueda chica). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Microsteris gracilis

Region Metropolitana, Parque Nacional El Morado, Chile
Altitude: 1920-2030 m. 11 13, 2006

 

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 (6) of Microsteris gracilis (Dough. ex Hook.) Greene available here

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

Collomia biflora (Colomia roja / Coxínea)

Collomia cavanillesii (Collomia amarilla)

Gilia crassiflora

Gilia sp. #1386

Microsteris gracilis (Rueda chica)

 

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