Adesmia boronioides

Thank you to Krystyna Szulecka (her website: clikc photography) for once again sharing one of her South American photographs (submitted via this thread on the Botany Photo of the Day Submissions Forum). Do visit her website!

As noted in a previous BPotD written by Douglas Justice on Adesmia (the much shorter in stature Adesmia longipes), this genus consists of “about 230 herbaceous and shrubby species native to the montane and alpine regions of South America”. Commonly known as paramela (a name given to at least several members of the genus), Adesmia boronioides is one of the shrubby species, typically reaching 0.4m to 2m in height (1.3ft to 6ft). Adesmia boronioides inhabits a number of plant community types in Argentina and Chile, including high forests, steppes, and montane grasslands, as well as some of the windswept rocky areas often associated with Patagonia (it is reported from elevations at sea level to 1500m (4900ft).

For a detailed botanical description of the species, visit the herbario digital INTA Santa Cruz page for Adesmia boronioides. The University of Cambridge’s site on “Darwin’s Plants from the Beagle Voyage” contains scans of specimens of Adesmia boronioides collected by Darwin. Or, for some additional photographs, see both a close-up image of the plants and flowers via stitchingbushwalker@Flickr and an image of flowers with a pollinator, thanks to el buitre@Flickr. Lastly, a report from a botanical expedition to Central Patagonia is interesting reading.

Adesmia boronioides

2 responses to “Adesmia boronioides”

  1. Connie Hoge

    I followed the flickr link and found that lovely close-up. It looks like this plant has green chicken pox! What do you call all those little tiny nodules?

  2. michele bellon

    thank you for having chosen my photo.
    el buitre

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