GEOFFROEA DECORTICANS, CHAÑAR, SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, CHILE

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The Chilean Palo Verde (Chañar) is a endemic tree which grows inside the limits of the Atacama desert from Arica to Coquimbo. It is adapted to dry conditions and altitudes getting to colonize soils at 2300 mts (7500ft).

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It is quite popular among the andean local communities because of its fruit which is used from ancestral times as a medicine for the throat and as kind of local syrup for desserts and meals.

Is the only legume which instead of having a long fruit, has a fleshy oval pod that contains a small single seed in the middle.

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CONSTANZA’S TREE IGUANA, LIOLAEMUS CONSTANZAE, SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, CHILE

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Constanza’s Tree Iguana  ©Alvaro Barrientos, Far South Expeditions.

An adult male Constanza’s Tree Iguana, Liolaemus constanzae takes a last sunbath right before sunset in the banks of Vilama River near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It is one of the endemic reptiles we have between Parinacota and Antofagasta regions in Northern Chile.