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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 52

Exploring Chile for Plants with Cultivation Potential

Sue Inkster

pp: 291-292


Working at Inverewe Garden for 6 years as propagator has given me experience of dealing with an extraordinary range of plants, a large number of which originate from the Southern Hemisphere. To develop my propagation skills I wanted to understand the environmental conditions some of these plants are adapted to and I planned an expedition to Chile to observe some of its native plants in their natural habitat. The expedition also offered the exciting prospect of discovering new taxa that could be grown at Inverewe, where the maritime climate favours many southern hemisphere plants.

Chile is a ribbon of land situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, approximately 180 km wide at its widest and 4,329 km long. It has a land area of 756,626 sq km of which 22 per cent is forested, 18.2% pasture and 5.7 % cultivated, the rest being ice, desert or mountains. The length and climatic variety of the country are reflected in the diversity of its flora. To gain a good measure of

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