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Boland
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From another part of the world...Gentianella rapunculoides from the Paramo of Ecuador.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Lori S.
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That's a beauty, Todd!  It has quite a different look to it than the Gentianella here.  

I have just looked up paramo:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Páramo
Was that in Cotopaxi National Park?   Must have been an amazing trip!  

With that, and Dave's Lignocarpa carnosula, we are being treated to some real exotica lately!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Todd wrote:

From another part of the world...Gentianella rapunculoides from the Paramo of Ecuador.

This is a gem!
I remember seeing several Gentians, some very different from those at home, when I visited the Paramo of Ecuador in 2000 but not this one!
Sorry - all my pictures are slides :(

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Wow, Todd, you are getting around!
I had to look it up as well, found this page:
http://www.ecuador-travel.net/biodiversity.ecosystems.paramo.htm
Were you in the wet zone, or various spots?
Was it just a trip for interest, or was someone hoping to find plants suitable for cultivation somewhere?
Looks like some really stunning places and plants in those zones...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Boland
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Guess this topic should be moved to the Travels section.  I was in the Paramo east of Quito.  It was wet and cold but the sun broke through in the late afternoon.  I was on a birding trip to Ecuador and we were looking for some high alpine birds.  The birds were scanty but the plants were pretty cool.  Here is a Plantago rigida...not like any Plantago in our area!  It is more like a Bolax (Azorella) and hard as a rock.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Lori S.
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I'm amazed at the range of genera that contain species that form hard domes like you show. 

Todd, if you want to treat us to a photo essay of the Paramo of Ecuador (hint, hint  :) ), the Travels section would probably be the place to start it.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Todd wrote:

Guess this topic should be moved to the Travels section.  I was in the Paramo east of Quito.  It was wet and cold but the sun broke through in the late afternoon.  I was on a birding trip to Ecuador and we were looking for some high alpine birds.  The birds were scanty but the plants were pretty cool.  Here is a Plantago rigida...not like any Plantago in our area!  It is more like a Bolax (Azorella) and hard as a rock.

Cool Plantago! Good thing you had a back-up interest if the birding was not so successful :)

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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Inula rhizocephala - easy from seed, hardy, and easy to grow.  Providing very good drainage improves longevity in the garden.

                   

http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200024064

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Boland
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That's a beauty Lori.....wish I had seen it before I placed my seed exchange orders.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

cohan
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Lori wrote:

Inula rhizocephala - easy from seed, hardy, and easy to grow.  Providing very good drainage improves longevity in the garden.

http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200024064

Nice one, its a genus I've been interested in, though haven't got any yet... how large has it been for you, the flora shows a bit of size range... I like that it seems from the habitat it could take a bit of shade..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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