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Calycera sessiliflora Phil.

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

Place of Publication

Linnaea 28(6): 706 (1858)

Type citation

CHILE. Prope Santiago, date not indicated, R. A. Philippi 737 (lectotype, designated by Denham, 2014: K 000588762,photo of K at SI!; isolectotypes: BAF, photo of BAF at SI!, CONC 29656!, GOET 000508, photo of GOET at SI!, P, S 05–2022, photo of S at SI!, SGO 057255).


Common names

  • repollito de la cordillera


  • Denham et al. (2014): fig. 13
  • Hoffmann et al. (2015): pag. 183(1)


    • Denham et al. (2014)


    Annual herb, 5-35 cm tall. Flowering from October to December.

    Key characteristics

    Calycera sessiliflora is easily recognized by its small flower heads (0.4-1.5 diam.) and the flower bracts are distinctly pointed. This species flowers at a much earlier time of the year (October-early December) than other members of the genus (DeVore, 2004)


    Coquimbo, Valparaíso and Metropolitana

    Distribution and habitat

    Mountain ranges of Anconcagua, Santiago and Valparaíso between 700 to 1900 m above sea level. Well drained, open, rocky slopes. On Cerro El Roble (Caleu) it grows on the edge of Nothofagus macrocarpa forest in association with scattered sclerophyllous shrubs including Colliguaya intgerrima and Ribes punctatum along with spring flowering annuals including: Camissonia dentata, Microsteris gracilis, Montia fontana, Plagiobothrys myosotoides and Viola pusilla.


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    • Philippi R.A. (1858a)

      Philippi, R.A. 1858. Plantarum novarum Chilensium: centuria secunda, tertia. Linnaea 28(heft 6): 661-704, 705-752

    • DeVore (1994)

      DeVore, M.L> 1994. Systematic studies of Calyceraceae. Ph. D. diss., Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University.

    • Hoffmann et al. (1998b)

      Hoffman, A. , Liberona, F. , Muñoz, M. and Watson, J. 1998b. Plantas altoandinas en la flora silvestre de Chile. Santiago de Chile: Fundación Claudio Gay

    • 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