Calceolaria nubigena Poepp.
Calceolaria refugens Sweet
Calceolaria tinctoria Gillies ex G.Don
Fagelia arachnodea (Graham) Kuntze
Calceolaria arachnoidea is a herbaceous, perennial plant forming a basal cluster of silvery leaves and flowering stems up to 40cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of a dye.
S. America - central Chile.
Moist areas such as marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores; at elevations from 1,400 - 2,200 metres[
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Calceolaria arachnoidea is found at moderate to high elevations in the Andes of central Chile. Whilst one report says that the plant is not very cold tolerant but can be grown outdoors in the mildest egions of the temperate zone[
], another says that the plant can survive temperatures falling as low as -15 - 20°c[
]. The plant grows in humid areas, where there is almost constant rainfall., though short dry periods are possible[
]. It requires abundant moisture in the summer and a dry winter[
Requires a sunny or lightly shaded position and a moist soil[
The root is astringent[
A red dye is obtained from the root[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse.
Division in spring.