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Abrotanella purpurea Swenson

Place of Publication

Pl. Syst. Evol. 197: 190 (1995)

Type citation

Chile, Ultima Esperanza, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, north-eastern slope of Cerro Ferrier, 750 m s.m., 51°07’S, 73°10’W, 9 Jan. 1994, Swenson & Martinsson 323” (Holotype: UPS. Isotypes: CONC, HIP, K, L, S)


  • Swenson (1995)

    Swenson, U. 1995. Systematics of Abrotanella, an Amphi-pacific genus of Asteraceae (Senecioneae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 197: 149-193


  • Swenson (1995): figs: 2b; 12d


Los Lagos, Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo and Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena


Temperate Forests, Valdivian rainforest, Patagonian Steppe and Andean Subpolar Forests and Wetlands

Distribution and habitat

This species is known from a few widely separated locations, however, it is likely that further fieldwork will reveal other locations. Its southern extremity is on Isla Hoste (Tierra del Fuego) and with scattered populations especially in mountain locations in Ultima Esperanza north to Lago Azul in Los Lagos region. It occurs on mountains slopes sometimes in boggy conditions and has an altitudinal range between 200 to 750 m above sea level


  • Abrotanella pupurea Swenson
    • Abrotanella pupurea Swenson
      • Abrotanella pupurea Swenson


Forms small cushions or lax mats. Flowering December to February

Key characteristics

This species can occur with A. linearifolia and the two species have been confused as they both have purple flowers. A. purpurea differs by having blunt and linear leaves (vs. pointed, linear-oblanceolate ) and bell-shaped (campanulate) central florets (vs. tubular).