Asteraceae: Vemonanthura patens Kichwa: Llunchik
Weedy shrub or small tree that springs up ubiquitously in abandoned chagras (manioc gardens). The flowering of the llunchik in July marks the season called lunchij verano. Lunchij verano is the first appearance of the dry season. Following lunchij verano there will still be some heavy rains before the true dry season sets in during September and October. Because poles cut from lunchij sprout when planted they can be used as fence posts.
Vemonanthura patens Leaves Photo: Tod D. Swanson
Vemonanthura patens Flowering
Luisa Cadena, "On the Use of Vemonanthura patens to Heal Sores."
Cite video as:
Tod D. Swanson, "Luisa Cadena, 'On the Use of Vemonanthura patens to Heal Sores.’" Youtube video. 0:46. January 1, 2017.
Clara Santi, Audio of Pastaza Quichua narrative on Llunchik
Vemonanthura patens Bark (with butterfly that lives with this species)