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The Endemic Plants of Chile – an Annotated Checklist

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Chaetanthera linearis Poepp. ex Less.

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

Place of Publication

Syn. Gen. Compos.: 112 (1832)

Type citation

“In Chile legerunt Pöppig et Bertero” (Lectotype in BM. Possible Isotypes in F, W)



  • Davies (2010): Fig. 57
  • Key characteristics

    Similar to Chaetanthera albiflora and a hybrid between C. linearis x albiflora. It is can be distinguished by its yellowish-coloured flowers and by its leaves which are glabrous and glaucous (Davies 2010).


    Atacama, Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana and Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins

    Distribution and habitat

    Occurs between the provinces of Chañaral and Cachapoal (27° 50'-34° 20' lat. S), from 150-2300 metres above sea-level. It grows in dry and sunny areas on screes, grassy hillsides used for grazing, roadside banks and in habitats where there is little competition from other plants. Flowers from September to March.


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


    • Lessing (1832)

      Lessing, C.F. 1832. Synopsis Generum Compositarum earumque dispositionis novae tentamen monographiis multarum capensium interjectis. Berolini: sumptibus Dunckeri et Humblotii