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  • Frailejón near Lomo Redonda
    Frailejón near Lomo Redonda
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  • Levanton Andino
    Levanton Andino
    by Luchonda
  • frailejones
    by call_me_rhia

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    by MalenaN Written May 16, 2009

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    Frailejón is a plant of the family Asteraceae and of the genus Espeletia. It is growing on open highland at high altitude (the páramo) in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. In Venezuela you will find them above 3300 metres in the Andean region.

    The leaves grow in a rosette pattern around a thick stem. The leaves are covered with a white fur that protects the plant in the cold climate. The stem can be as high as 2 metres high and the flowers are usually yellow. In Venezuela the frail Jon bloom in September - December, but in Colombia I have seen many frailejones in bloom earlier. There are 88 species of Espeletia.

    Frailej��n near Lomo Redonda
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    The secret of Maria Luisa

    by Luchonda Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Maybe a guidance from witch you may benefit, or definatly your health
    HAVE AN AFRODISIAC called Levanton Andino - homemade and with a lot of ingredients like :
    Frutas, mélon, lechoza, nestum (babyfood),
    leche, brandy, vino sanson, 2 licores secretos and at last ingredient:

    Levanton Andino

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    stop coughing...

    by call_me_rhia Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    Stop coughing the Venezuelan way - or maybe I should be more specific and say: Andean way. The flower in the picture is called frailejones and it's a sort of a catcus... very much sort of, actually. In some Andean villages you can buy a syrup made with this plant: it's rumoured to be excellent to cure your cold and make you stop coughing. And even if it's not useful as a medicine, its taste is still quite good.


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