Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quia

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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quiaca - 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 14, 2009 8:58 pm

The hillside was once again dotted with Tunilla soehrensii plants.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quiaca - 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 14, 2009 8:59 pm

Lobivia ferox was again in evidence.

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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quiaca - 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 14, 2009 9:01 pm

This one had a nice flower.
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quiaca - 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 14, 2009 9:05 pm

A nice clump of Tunilla soehrensii. Impressive spines.
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quiaca - 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 14, 2009 9:07 pm

There were some very fine clumps of Parodia maassii here too.
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quiaca - 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 14, 2009 9:22 pm

Not sure what this Opuntioid is. The long spines look similar to Maihueniopsis 'nigrispina', but the tufts of short spines in the areoles look different as does the flower, which is more like 'ferocior'.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quiaca - 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 14, 2009 9:29 pm

It was clear that this was a site that Tito had visited before from the way he bounded up the hillside obviously in search of particular plants that he knew should be there. I toiled in his wake and this was the first indication of what he was searching for, Rebutia pygmaea. I hesitate to take the identification beyond that, but Willy used the epithet 'haagei' which I couldn't violently disagree with.
Edit: I've looked at these Rebutias again with John Pilbeam's book to hand and wonder if they could perhaps be Rebutia euanthema? The body certainly looks right for that species.

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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quiaca - 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 14, 2009 9:31 pm

Fortunately with some plants having flowers wide open, they weren't too difficult to spot.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quiaca - 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 14, 2009 9:34 pm

The flower colour was quite uniform in this population.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 - Day 10 - Uquia to La Quiaca - 200km

Post by David_L » Thu May 14, 2009 9:35 pm

Last one.


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