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Caquella And Yareta
These Yareta plants only grow above 10,500 feet and can live for over 3000 years. In the background is Cerro Caquella (19,520 feet). Photographed January 1, 2011.

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vancouver islanderYareta or "Balsam Bog"

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....called "living rock" by Charles Darwin when he encountered the species at or near sea level in the Falkland Islands. See this link and this one.

10,000 feet near the equator apparently = 1,000 feet at 50 deg S. Very interesting!

You've been a busy lad Adam. Looks like a great trip you had down there.
Posted Mar 21, 2011 12:17 pm

gimpilatorRe: Yareta or

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It was a great trip. I've felt so satisfied I haven't even hiked in over a month. That's unheard of for me.

Thanks for the links. I too found this possible match very interesting so I did some research. But what I found suggests that although these plants take the same shape, size and color, they are two separate species.

Take a look at these photos:

Bolax gummifera:
Balsam Bog
Balsam Bog
Balsam Bog Detail

verses

Azorella compacta:
Yareta
Yareta Detail
Posted Mar 30, 2011 1:01 am

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