APIACEAE, the umbellifer family.

Azorella prolifera, a xerophytic carrot of the high and dry central Andes:

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ASTERACEAE

Chaetanthera spathulifolia, of the high and dry central Andes:

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Espeletia sp. from the Colombian Andes:

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Nassauvia lagascae, an exceedingly strange composite found near the high camps of Cerro Aconcagua:

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Senecio subdiscoideus, a rayless groundsel of the high and dry Central Andes:

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BRASSICACEAE

Menonvillea cuneata, endemic to alpine rock slopes of the central Andes:

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CALCEOLARIACEAE

Calceolaria filicaulis, of the high and dry central Andes:

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FABACEAE, the legume family.

Astragalus arnottianus, an alpine vetch of the central Andes:

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Lupinus sp., one of the giant lupines of the high Andes, this from Ecuador:

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HYDROPHYLLACEAE

Phacelia brachyantha, inhabiting the high valleys near Cerro Aconcagua:

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HYPERICACEAE

Hypericum laricifolium, from the Colombian Andes:

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LOASACEAE

Caiophora coronata of the high central Andes:

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MONTIACEAE

Cistanthe coronata, of lowlands of the Atacama desert:

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OXALIDACEAE

Oxalis erythrorhiza, found in the high and dry central Andes:

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PASSIFLORACEAE

Malesherbia multiflora, of the lowland Atacama desert:

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PHRYMACEAE

Erythranthe lutea, closely tied to water sources in the high and dry central Andes:

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TROPAEOLACEAE

Tropaeolum polyphyllum of the high and dry central Andes:

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