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Estrella de los Andes

Perezia pedicularidifolia


Star of Los Andes, it really is a sighting on it's own, can be found on very desolate volcanic terrains.
Superior taxa: Asteraceae (Compositae) / Asterales
Planta herbácea, perenne que alcanza hasta 30cm de altura. Hojas compuestas, agrupadas en rosetas basales, de 3-10 x 0,4-1,2cm. Lámina de contorno lanceolado con foliolos de borde dentado. Flores celestes o azules, hermafroditas, reunidas en capítulos terminales solitarios. 5 estambres y 1 estilo bífido. El fruto es un aquenio pubescente.

Robust perennial to 30cm high, forming clumps of open, slightly succulent rosettes. Leaves pinnatisect, oblong to' oblonglanceolate, 3-10cm long, glabrous-rugose to roughly downy. Flowering stems one per rosette, rufous glandular-downy, bearing one to seven bract-like leaves and a solitary hemispherical flowerhead up to 3cm long by 2.5-5cm wide. Bracts often reddish-purple tinged and florets usually clear blue but sometimes violet or white with rays 1-1.2cm long.


Se distribuye geográficamente desde la Región del Maule, hasta la Región de Aysén, por la Cordillera de los Andes, presente tanto en la vertiente chilena como la argentina. Habita en áreas soleadas de las laderas andinas.

Chile and Argentina, in northern Patagonia to the southern central cordilleras, in volcanic ash and sand, on open slopes, moist upper valley grassland and open forest at 1300-2000m.


Tengo mis dudas sobre el nombre de la especie, sale escrita como P. pedicularifolia y como P. pedicularidifolia (+1 al que vea la diferencia) así que la anoto con ambos nombres aquí.
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Agustín Amenabar L
Agustín Amenabar L 11 years ago

Thanks Francis!
The third is actually the first picture I ever took of this species. The texture of the petals show nicely, but the first one has more striking colours.
It's just that the dead flower on the left bothers me.
I'll sleep on it.

FrancisQuintana 11 years ago

Lovely, I like the third spotting best. You might consider making it the 1st...

Lago Ranco, XIV Región de Los Ríos, Chile

Spotted on Feb 15, 2012
Submitted on Oct 22, 2012

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