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The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Chaetanthera incana Poepp. ex Less.

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

Place of Publication

Linnaea 5(2): 161 (1830b)

Type citation

Pöppig in montibus arenosis, maritimis pr. Concon Septbr. flor. (Lectotype: W. Isotypes: BM, G, MO, P, W [x2])



  • Davies (2010)


Annual with stems to 15 cm tall. Flowers from October to April.

Key characteristics

It is easily distinguished from all other species by its spathulate, dentate sericeous leaves and its papery obovate truncate bracts.


Coquimbo, Valparaíso and Metropolitana

Distribution and habitat

This species can be found between the provinces of Elqui and Cordillera (30°-34° lat. S), along the Cordillera de la Costa and inland areas of the Metropolitan Region (e.g. Cerro Provincia, Lo Valdés), below 1000 metres above sea-level. It grows in sunny places and sandy substrate in thickets and among herbs.


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There is a white-flowered form which merits further investigation (Davies 2010)

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


  • Lessing (1830b)

    Lessing, C.F. 1830b. De Synanthereis herbarii Regnii Berolinensis. Dissertatio tertia. Mutisieae (c. tab. III. et IV.). Linnaea 5(heft 2): 237-298

  • 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