|Two Chilean Patagonian habitats where orchids may be found.|
Above, open pampa - high dry grassland - east of Coyaique.
Below, Nothofagus (beech) forest, Torres del Paine NP.
|Gavilea lutea, Torres del Paine NP.|
The thick stem can be 60cm high and bear over 20 flowers.
The Spanish name for it translates simply as Yellow Orchid; I don't know of an English one.
|Gavilea araucana. |
The species name comes from the Spanish name for the indigenous Mapuche people.
This one is found as far north as 35 degrees south.
|Iceberg approaching the beach, Lago Grey.|
(The glacier in the background, where the berg was born, is 18km away -
it is big!)
So, not the overwhelming diversity of orchids that are found far to the north, but I find these little survivors fascinating and very beautiful. You'll probably not go to Patagonia specifically for the orchids - but when you do go, don't miss them!