Plants in the Wild: Plants in Peru
Started by: Caroline Seymour
Please help me identify some of theseGo to latest contribution by Jon Evans, 10 November 2011, 12:16. Go to bottom of this page.
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Although I wasn't on a botanising trip, it was impossible to ignore some little treasures. However, I have not found any source covering this area, so would appreciate some help.
These flowers were on a grassy knoll above Cuzco at around 12,000ft.
I'm obnviously new to this. I thought I had uploaded 4 pictures. I will try again.
What a lovely plant! Being a photographer rather than a botanist, I'm afraid I can't offer any informed suggestions as to what it might be. Have you tried asking Peter Erskine or Martin Sheader? They are both pretty familiar with the flora further south in the Andes.
Thanks, Jon. I am adding a couple more pix. One shows the flowers studding the ground - so there are lots of them, about an inch across, and apparently acaulescent - they were of no interest to my companions who probably thought they were daisies! The second pic does at least show they have pink reverse to the petals and I wondered whether the small twin leaves were related to them. I'm sorry the pix aren't clearer, but I was hardly allowed to stop and nagged with "You've already taken those. What do you want another picture for?" I'm sure you recognise the sentiment.
My next plant I think is Oxalis herrerae, growing on limestone amongst Inca/earlier ruins, again in the hills above Cuzco, about 12,000ft.
On the basis of the new pictures, I am more comfortable to suggest Haylockia andina as a possible identification, purely on the basis of the superficial resemblance between these photos and those on the Pacific Bulb Society website (http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Haylockia), not on any detailed botanical observation. The Haylockia on the PBS site came from northern Argentina at over 3000m, so that is perhaps promising.