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Calceolaria flavida Lavandero & Santilli,

Type citation

Chile. Región Metropolitana, Cerro El Roble, 1674 m, 32°59'54" S - 71°01'27" W, 17-12-2006, N. García & M. Muñoz 3836 (holotype SGO 157641!)


  • Lavandero et al. (2021)

    Lavandero, N , Santilli, L and Pérez, F 2021. Calceolaria flavida (Calceolariaceae) a new endemic species to central Chile. Phytokey 185: 99-116




Mediterranean and Mountain matorral & sclerophyllous forest

Distribution and habitat

Only known from the Type location where it occurs at elevations of 1450–2200 metres. It grows between rocks in open areas within sclerophyllous scrub dominated by Puya coerulea var. coerulea, Lithraea caustica and Gochnatia foliolosa (Lavandero 2021).

Conservation status

  • CR B1ab(iii) (Lavandero et al. (2021))


Perennial herb to 60 cm tall. Flowers between October and January.

Key characteristics

Calceolaria flavida is most similar to C. asperula and C. petioalaris in having leaves of similar shape covered in glandular hairs. However, it can easily be distinguished from C. asperula by its pale yellow flowers (vs. bright yellow), the upper lip is longer than half the length of the lower lip (vs. upper lip being shorter than half the length of the lower lip), anthers much shorter than filaments (vs. anthers as long as filaments). It can be distinguished from C. petioalaris by its reddish stems (vs. green), pale yellow flowers (vs. bright yellow), upper lip narrower than lower lip (vs. upper lip as wide as lower lip), lips rounded in shape (vs. squared), pouched upper lip (vs. flat), and style within the corolla (vs. exceeding) (Lavandero et al., 2021).