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The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Asteriscium chilense Cham. & Schltdl.

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Asteriscium >
  3. Family: Apiaceae

Place of Publication

Linnaea 1: 354, pl. 5,f.1. (1826)

Type citation

"In arenosis siccis circa Talcaguana regni Chilensis", II-1816, F. Eschscholz (Type; LE)


Common names

  • anisello (Mathias & Constance (1962))
  • perelillo (Mathias & Constance (1962))
  • muchu (Mathias & Constance (1962))
  • yerba negra (Mathias & Constance (1962))


  • Mathias & Constance (1962): Fig. 7. (a-g); Fig. 8. (a-e)
  • Descriptions

    • Mathias & Constance (1962)


    Erect or spreading perennial herb 30-100 cm tall.

    Key characteristics

    A very variable species especially in the outline of the basal leaves which can vary from being entire to divided into three parts. The closest Chilean species is A. vidali which has basal leaves which are more divided.


    Antofagasta, Atacama, Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana, Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, Maule, Biobío, Araucanía, Los Ríos, Los Lagos and Ñuble


    Desert and Desert fog oasis

    Distribution and habitat

    A very widespread species ranging from Antofagasta to Ñuble along the coast and inland throughout central Chile.


    Seed of this species is banked by the national seed bank of Chile, INIA.


    • Chamisso & Schlechtendal (1826)

      Chamisso, A. and Schlechtendal, C. 1826. De plantis in expeditione speculatoria Romanzoffiana observatis. Linnaea 1.1-556.

    • Mathias & Constance (1962)

      Mathias , M.E. and Constance, L. 1962. A revision of Asteriscium and related Hydrocotyloid Umbelliferae. University of California Publications in Botany 33(2):99-184