Andes Flora: 4200 to 4800m

Where the high “paramos” die and end up devoured by sand and rocks, over 4200 meters, grow the most representative plants of the Ecuadorian Andes, including the Chuquiragua, also known as “The Flower of Ecuadorian Andinism.”.

Culcitium nivale

Culcitium nivale

Frailejón

Cayambe Volcano. Beside the Ruales Oleas Berge Refuge, 4637 meters

Culcitium canescens

Culcitium canescens

Frailejón

Cayambe Volcano. Beside the Ruales Oleas Berge Refuge, 4620 meters

Chuquiraga Jussieui

Chuquiraga Jussieui

Chuquiragua

Cotopaxi Volcano. Cotopaxi Northwest Face, 4400 meters

Pernettya prostrata

Pernettya prostrata

Shanshi

Sincholagua Volcano. Hiking to the summit, 4260 meters

Lupinus Alopecuroides

Lupinus Alopecuroides

Chocho andino

Corazón Volcano. Climbing to the summit, 4350 meters

Lycopodium crassum

Lycopodium crassum

Licopodio

Casahuala Mountain. Climbing to the summit, 4116 meters

Loricaria thuyoides

Loricaria thuyoides

Hoguerilla

Yanahurco de Mojanda. Hiking to the summit, 4165 meters

Ranunculus Gusmannii

Ranunculus Gusmannii

Urcurosa

Corazón Volcano. Between the rocks, 4445 meters

Diplostephium rupestre

Diplostephium rupestre

n/a

Sincholagua Volcano. On the high sand slopes, 4510 meters