Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 9 - Susques - Uquia 200km

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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 9 - Susques - Uquia 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 07, 2009 8:06 am

Another frequently seen Argentinian species present here, Lobivia ferox.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 9 - Susques - Uquia 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 07, 2009 8:12 am

This site was very dry and the plants looked as though they needed the expected rain. It was very overcast during our stop and it seemed as though that rain would follow quite soon. Here is Parodia stuemeri v. tilcarense looking as though it would appreciate a drink and a hair wash.


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Post by iann » Thu May 07, 2009 12:18 pm

Enormous Gymnos, but I might not have noticed them for staring at the scenery.
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Post by Mike P » Mon May 11, 2009 8:44 am

A general view of the area with Trichocereus pasacana.
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Post by Mike P » Mon May 11, 2009 8:46 am

And a close up of one in flower. As David noted the whole area was very dusty and it was coating all the plants.
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Post by Mike P » Mon May 11, 2009 8:47 am

There were several types of very thorny bushes here - and this one in flower.[attachment 18170 fff1.jpg]
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Post by Mike P » Mon May 11, 2009 8:48 am

A fine clump of the Parodia stuemeri.
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Post by Mike P » Mon May 11, 2009 8:50 am

As we exited the area this animal corral caught my eye. Like the 'gate'. [attachment 18172 ffffff1.jpg]
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Post by Mike P » Mon May 11, 2009 8:53 am

And then it was back on the bus to go and visit a another habitat and a very interetesing plant.
As we joined the main road a chorus of voices persuaded Willy to stop for a photo final opportunity of the seven coloured hills.
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Post by Mike P » Mon May 11, 2009 10:14 pm

The next stop was a lay by just north of Purmamarca. We startled a family who were having a roadside picnic as we pushed through the shrubbery and began to climb the scree slope behind them.
The first thing I noticed was a felled Trichocereus pasacana. It became obvious that the locals harvested them to supply the tourist trade with the skeletons we had seen for sale although Willy told us that they are only supposed to take 'fallen' ones.
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