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Calycera eryngioides J.Rémy

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Calycera >
  3. Family: Calyceraceae

Place of Publication

Fl. Chil. [Gay] 3(3): 254-255 (1848)

Type citation

CHILE. Prov. Santiago, date not indicated, C. Gay1066 (holotype: P; isotypes: BM 000947744, K 000588755, photo of K at SI!, K000588756, photo of K at SI!, LIL 281133!)



  • Denham et al. (2014): fig. 7
  • Hoffmann et al. (1998b): pag. 183(2)


    • Denham et al. (2014)


    Perennial herb, about 15 cm tall. Flowering December to March.

    Key characteristics

    Calycera eryngioides is easily recognized by its sprawling growth form, five broad (2-3.5 cm wide), green, fleshy floral bracts. C. calcitrapa is similar but it has a more robust habit and leaves with dentate, pointed margins (DeVore, 1994)


    Coquimbo, Metropolitana and Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins

    Distribution and habitat

    Mountain ranges of Coquimbo, Santiago and Colchagua from 2000 to 2500 m above sea level. It is sometimes found in open pastures, steep mountain slopes, roadsides and other disturbed areas in the Andes.


    Although this species has been recorded for Argentina (Pontiroli, 1963) there is no herbarium specimen cited to support that it grows outside of Chile. The specimen Philippi s. n., from Argentina, cited in Zanotti and Pozner (2008) is a misidentification (Denham et al,. 2014).


    • Gay (1848c)

      Gay, C. 1848. Historia física y política de Chile: Botánica, vol. 3(3):241-384. Paris & Chile (Museo Historia Natural de Santiago)

    • Pontiroli (1993)

      Pontiroli , A 1963. Calyceraceae. Pp. 537–545 in Flora de la provincial Jujuy tomo 12, parte 9, ed. A. L. Cabrera. Buenos Aires: Colección Científica del INTA.

    • Zanotti & Pozner (2008)

      Zanotti, C.A. and Pozner, R.E. 2008. Calyceraceae, Pp. 1844 –1853 in Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Cono Sur de América del Sur: Argentina, Sur de Brasil (Paraná, Santa Catarina y Rio Grande do Sul), Chile, Paraguay y Uruguay vol 2. eds. F. O. Zuloaga, O. Morrone and M. J. Belgrano. Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden. St Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden Press.

    • Denham et al. (2014)

      Denham, S.S. , Gallo, L.Z and Pozner, I.E. 2014. Morphology and Taxonomic Revision of Calycera. Systematic Botany 39(4):1-13