PATAGONIA NOTHOFAGUS FOREST | a line over the south mountains #2

Nothofagus pumilio+ N. antarctica, north patagonia autumn

map-nothofagus-forest-patagoniaThis forest is mainly represented by the genre Nothofagus, 90% of that forest consist in trees of the diferent species we can find around Moquehue lake

N. pumilio | N. antarctica | N. dombeyii | N. obliqua

misodendrum in early spring, Nothofagus leaves didn’t appear yet


Nothofagus betuloides, near the ice

In the south of patagonia we can find Nothofagus-antarctica-moquehue-patagonia-wildflowersN. betuloides. the leaves are similar to our coihues.

The importance of this genus is not just because they’re representative. also they’re  associated to a wide biodiversity: misodendrum,  cytarias lichens, beetles and birds.

Nothofagus pumilio blur

Is the icon of autumn in the mountain areas with its reds, yellows and ocher coloring.

In the forest, more over that19 genus of arboreal plants, we found other forms of vascular species of shrubs, herbs, and epiphytes. In the underwood, Michay and calafatillos (Berberis spp), Mutisias and Misodendrum, bamboos areas (Chusquea culeou)  and grasses (we call them coirones. Stipa spp), Llao Llao (Cytarias) and usneas, are part of the landscape of the Andean-Patagonian forest.

BAP as a touristic resource, is attractive in spring and summer with its neverending green,  in autumn with its reddish colors, and winter backcountry ski circuits can be drawn in the open white forests of Araucarias and Lengas (N. Pumilio)

*BAP | Patagonian andean forest



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