Puyehue National Park Scenes

December 2004

The Puyehue region of the Lake District is dominated by vulcanism, with young cone-shaped snow-capped volcanos contributing to the geology and geomorphology of the Andes Mountains near the border with Argentina.   The Rio Gol Gol flows generally west, with several bueatiful waterfalls.   The vegetation consists of temperate rainforest, dominated by Southern Beech (Nothofagus dombeyi and Nothofagus nitida).   There are few roads into the park, one two-laned highway providing access to Argentina a few kilometers to the east.

All photographs copyrighted by David L. Magney 2004.

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Photographs of Plants and Wildlife of Puyehue National Park

Gunnera magellanica, Palacoazir y Pangue Enano - Gunneraceae (Gunner family)

Rubus geoides, Miņe-Miņe - Rosaceae (Rose family)

[Left] An unidentified moss;   [Right] Podocarpus sp., Maņiu or Pino Blanco - Podocarpaceae (Yew Pine family)

Left: An unidentified forest floor Apiaceae.   Right: a saprophyte emerging from a rotting log.

Ranunculus sp., Buttercup - Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

I am still trying to figure out the name of this forest understory shrub.

A blackish unidentified moss growing on damp boulders and banks next to the river.

Left: Vines and such covering the forest floor and tree trunks.   Right: A huge bronze-colored bumblebee camouflaged by the decaying leaves on the forest floor.

Mitraria coccinea, Botellita or Vochi-vochi - Gesneriaceae (Gesneriad or African Violet family)

A granitic, shark-fin peak, at the summit of the Andes on the Chile-Argentina border provides an example of an area above timberline at this latitude.   A huge brown bumblebee is busy pollinating a Bushy Fuchsia.

Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus) on the Chile-Argentina border

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