Chuquiraga jussieui

Chuquiraga jussieui has an iconic inflorescence – so huge and conspicuous. How is it able to make such a huge infloresence at this altitude and with seemingly so little nutrition? This specimen was located in the Antisana Ecological Reserve.

Chuquiraga jussieui

During my brief visit only a very few were in bloom, which made me wonder how the Ecuadorian Hillstar (Oreotrochilus chimborazo) finds food at this time, as this flower is the most important source of food.

I saw it briefly on one in bloom and was unable to get a photo this time, as a hailstorm swooped in with strong winds. The Hillstar will not share the flowers and any intruder is forcefully sent off.

How a hummingbird can thrive at this altitude is simply incredible!

It’s found in norwestern South America

Altitude 4200 metres.

Chuquiraga jussieui

Chuquiraga jussieui

Ecuador
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Last updated on 30 June 2024