These pictures of plants were taken on our trip to Argentina, the Falkland Islands, and Chile in December, 2008. I've been able to identify many of them, but not all. I'm still looking

Floris Generica, Buenos Aires Floris Generica OK, OK it's not an organic flower, but I think it's swell.

This fountain is in Buenos Aires. During the night it is illuminated.

Street tree, Buenos Aires Yellow-flowered tree This is the flower of one type of Buenos Aires street tree. There were a number of them in the same park as the Floris Generica sculpture above. I have not been able to find out what kind of tree it is or if it is indigenous to Argentina or South America, but I like the flower.

The classic Buenos Aires street tree is the jacaranda, but I couldn't get any good pictures of them.

Ceibo, Rancho Santa Susana Ceibo The ceibo is the state flower of Argentina. It is also found on a tree and is a member of the pea family.

The red flowers are seductive - but the resulting fruits are poisonous.

Faschine - Laguna Negro, Tierra del Fuego Fashine This flowering shrub was one of many of interest in Tierra del Fuego, but it was the only one of which I got a decent picture.

Pernettya mucronata? Pernettya This small shrub, however, was past the flowering stage. It did have some bright fruits.

The identification is tentative.

Embothrium coccineum Embothrium This outrageous shrub was in the Argentine rain forest as we crossed toward Chile. It's common name is Chilean fire bush.

Fuchsia magellanica Fuchsia At the same lake side as the above I saw this fuchsia.

It always startles me to see "house plants" in the wild.

Alstroemeria aurea Alstroemeria The identification of this plant is also tentative. It was growing along the roadside near Puella, Chile.

Gunnera Gunnera This monster was on the way to the waterfall at Puella.

Gunnera was a favorite species of Dr. Michael Doyle, the subject matter expert with our trip through the deep south. He pointed out various members of this family in many different sizes. I can't tell you which one this is, but it looks like an escapee from Jurassic Park.

Myrceugenia chrysocarpia? Myrceugenia I loved the delicate flowers of this shrub growing near the Petrohue waterfall in Chile.

The identification is tentative.

Tiny flower Plant This tiny plant was growing on the rocks beside the Petrohue waterfall.

I haven't even got a tentative idenfication for it. For all I know it would be a weed if it were in my yard, but I thought it was charming clinging to the crevices in the rocks.

Filmy fern Filmy fern This tiny fern was also growing in the Petrohue area. The leaves are extremely delicate. I was told they are only one cell thick. They are growing on a tree trunk.

Bells Pink bells. Yet another plant in the Petrohue area.

The waterfall was spectacular, but the plants made me late getting back to the bus.

I have been unable to identify this shrub.

Colorful fern Fern We saw numerous examples of this colorful fern from the bus as we drove from the lake crossing down to Puerto Varas.

I have no idea what it is, but I found this example on the grounds of our Puerto Varas hotel. The youngest fronds are bright maroon, then a faded russet and finally green.

I don't know what it is. I've seen pictures of similar red ferns from South America, but they weren't identified either.

Frutillar Lily pond This lily pond was on the German museum grounds at Frutillar.

The plants aren't anything special and I doubt that they are native to Chile, but I'm a sucker for lily ponds.