Calandrinia species


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Calandrinias and the closely related Montiopsis (previously called Calandrinia) are ubiquitous plants of the Andes mountains.  They often have spectacular flowers that seem to glow in the sunlight.  Calandrinia affinis is a plant of wet seeps and the banks of mountain rivulets.  It is found from about 2000 m to 3500 m and has large flowers that very from white to a deep pink.  Calandrinia caespitosa is a higher elevation plant that is found in dryer locations.  Montiopsis potentilloides is frequently found in quite dry and hot locations.  This is reflected by the silvery coating on the leaves and stems of this species..


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