Photo and caption by Angela Prochilo
This green mat-forming plant is known as Llareta (or Yareta) and occurs very frequently in the Puna grasslands of the Andes - dry areas with long drought periods and elevated insolation rates at high altitudes. The llareta has a very slow growth rate and some individuals are estimated to be as old as 3000 years old. They are a true beauty in the dry and cold Andean landscape. In the background is Lake Chungará (altitude of approximately 4600m or 15000 ft) and the Parinacota volcano.
Location: Lauca National Park - Arica and Parinacota Region, Chile.