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Austrocactus spiniflorus (Phil.) F.Ritter

Place of Publication

Sukkulentenkunde: 35 (1963)


Common names

  • espinifloro (Hoffmann & Walter (2004))


  • Ritter (1963a)

    Ritter, F. 1963. Sukkulentenkunde 7–8

  • Hoffmann & Walter (2004)

    Hoffmann J., A.E. and Walter M., H.E. 2004. Cactaceas en la Flora Silvestre de Chile, 2nd edition. Fundación Claudio Gay

  • Hunt (2013)

    Hunt, D. 2013. The New Cactus Lexicon (illustrations). dh books. Milborne Port, UK 527 pp.

  • Hunt (2016b)

    Hunt, D. 2016. CITES Cactaceae Checklist. Third Edition. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew


  • Hunt (2013): 9.4, 9.5
  • Hoffmann & Walter (2004): 28b


Metropolitana and Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins



Distribution and habitat

Restricted to a few locations in central Chile in the Metropolitana and O'Higgins regions. It occurs at elevations of betyween 1200 to 1700 m in Andean shrubland where it grows in humid, flat, open places where it can be covered by snow for upto four months.

Conservation status

  • Endangered B1ab(iii,v)


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