Acaena magellanica

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Acaena magellanica (Lam.) Vahl

Rosaceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: sun   6

Moisture: dry

Soil: sand - Soil: gritty-sandy

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: elliptic

Division: imparipinnate

Shape: not specified
Fruit: nutlet

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Inflorescence: capituli

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: mat-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Rosanae
Ordo:
Rosales

Acaena magellanica is a perennial.

Naming

Acaena magellanica was described by Martin Vahl in 1804. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Acaena magellanica is a species in the genus Acaena which contains approximately 31 to 60 species and belongs to the family of the Rosaceae (Rose Family).

Characteristics

Acaena magellanica - flowers

Growth

The perennials have a mat-forming habit and reach heights of to 5 centimetres.

Leaves

Acaena magellanica is evergreen. The grey blue, imparipinnate leaves are alternate. The leaflets are elliptic and have serrate margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Acaena magellanica produces capituli of white flowers from June to July.

The perennials carry ornamental nutlets.

Root System

Distribution

Acaena magellanica is native to Patagonia (Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz, Tierra del Fuego) and southern Chile.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be sandy or gritty-sandy soil with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • rockeries

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: waterlogging, winter dampness

Uses

The recommended planting distance is 30 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 10 to 15. Suited as cemetery plant and as groundcover.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Winter protection from black frost.

Propagation

  • Sowing
  • Cuttings
  • Division


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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