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The Endemic Plants of Chile


Austrocactus spiniflorus (Phil.) F.Ritter

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Austrocactus >
  3. Family: Cactaceae

Place of Publication

Sukkulentenkunde: 35 (1963)


Common names

  • espinifloro (Hoffmann & Walter (2004))

Conservation status

  • Endangered B1ab(iii,v)


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


    Metropolitana and Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins


    Mountain ranges and Andean cordilleras

    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.


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


    • 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