The flowering desert

Jane McGary
Fri, 14 Oct 2011 09:44:06 PDT
Andrew asked,

I was curious as to whether you had come
>across Rhodophiala laeta and R. uniflora in Antofagasta Province. You said
>you saw the former. Any images to be forthcoming?

We did not go north of Paposo, which is about 250 km south of the 
city of Antofagasta. We saw Rhodophiala laeta in the coastal plain 
and canyons near Paposo, growing in sandy, rocky soils elevated well 
above seasonal drainages. Most plants were flowering on short (c. 
15-25 cm) stems. There was little color variation.

I have not previously encountered the name Rhodophiala uniflora. 
Where is it supposed to be, and who published the species?

If I have time this winter I will try to downsize some images and get 
them on the wiki. Right now I have a bunch of bibliographies on 
medieval French literature to edit.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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