Patagonian Quinchamali

March 22nd, 2010 Posted in flora

Written by Shanie


Tiny clusters of yellow-orange flowers create the quinchamali.  Native to both the Argentine and Chilean Patagonian areas, this five-petaled perennial reminds me of a miniature  bouquet of flowers made for an elf.

It is a creeping plant that rises to a height of 20 centimeters. It enjoys full sun and areas of moderate dryness. It especially appreciates zones above treeline.

The quinchamali is a medicinal plant that is considered of importance, especially among the Mapuche, for helping with bruising, blunt force trauma and bloody noses, as well as intestinal troubles.

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