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Aloysia tarapacana (Botta) Lu-Irving & O’Leary

Place of Publication

Syst. Bot. 39(2): 653 (2014)

Type citation

Chile. Tarapacá, Arica, Puquios, 3750 m.s.m., 16 Sep. 1955, M. Ricardi 3363 (holotype, SI SI003356!; isotype, CONC, LP LP006687).



  • Botta (1980b)

    Botta, S.M. 1980b. Las especies del género Acantholippia (Verbenaceae). Darwiniana 22(4): 511–532

  • Lu-Irving et al. (2014)

    Lu-Irving, P. , O'Leary, N. , O'Brien, A. and Olmstead, R.G. 2014. Resolving the Genera Aloysia and Acantholippia within tribe Lantaneae (Verbenaceae), using Chloroplast and Nuclear Sequences. Systematic Botany 39(2): 644-655

  • O'Leary et al. (2016)

    O'Leary, N , Lu-Irving, P , Moroni, P and Siedo, S 2016. Taxonomic Revision of Aloysia (Verbenaceae, Lantaneae) In South America, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 101(3): 568-609


  • Botta (1980b): fig. 3


Arica y Parinacota


Desert and Andean desert

Distribution and habitat

This species has a very narrow distribution between Zapahuira y Putre with an altitudinal range of between 3000 to 3390 m.


  • O'Leary et al. (2016)


Shrub, 0.5–1 m tall

Key characteristics

Aloysia tarapacana is similar to A. deserticola in its shrubby habit and spiny branches. A. tarapacana differs by its very dark green leaves (vs. light green or yellow) with entire margins (vs. 3-lobed).