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The Endemic Plants of Chile – an Annotated Checklist

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Chaetanthera albiflora (Phil.) A.M.R.Davies

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Chaetanthera >
  3. Family: Asteraceae

Place of Publication

Chaetanthera and Oriastrum: 136 (2010)

Type citation

Based on Chaetanthera linearis Poepp. ex Less. var. albiflora Phil., “En las provincias de Atacama y Coquimbo” (Holotipo en SGO)



Annual herb up to 20 cm tall.

Key characteristics

Close to C. linearis but can be distinguished by its succulent leaves and bright green and with fine hairs. It also has white flowers with a wine-red vein on the back of the petal.


Antofagasta, Atacama, Coquimbo and Valparaíso

Distribution and habitat

Occurs between the provinces of Antofagasta and Cachapoal (25°-34°30’ lat. S), below 1000 metres above sea level (between 1600-1800 m near to Vicuña y Hurtado). It is distributed along the Coastal Cordillera, but it extends into inland areas from the southern boundary of the Atacama region. It grows on dunes, sand banks on roadsides and on well-drained hillsides. It flowers from July to February.


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  • Davies (2010)

    Davies, A.M.R. 2010. Chaetanthera and Oriastrum. A systematic revision of Chaetanthera Ruiz and Pav. and the reinstatement of Oriastrum Poepp. and Endl. (Asteraceae: Mutisieae). Alemania: Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschriften