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Chusquea fernandeziana Phil.

Place of Publication

Anales Univ. Chile 43: 577 (1873a)

Type citation

Chile, Hallé este coligüe en la Isla de Juan Fernández” Philippi s.n. 26-30 Nov 1864 R. A. Philippi s.n. [Lectotype, (designated, Baeza Finot et al (2002): SGO (037593); Isolectotype: SGO (063036), US (2874623; fragment of SGO 063036).


Common names

  • coligüe (Finot et al. (2017))


  • Baeza et al. (2002)

    Baez, C M , Stuessy, T F and Marticorena, C 2002. Notes on the Poaceae of the Robinson Crusoe (Juan Fernández) Islands, Chile. Brittonia 54(3): 154–163.

  • Finot et al. (2017)

    Finot, V.L. , Marticorena, A. , Rodríguez, R. , Muñoz, R.G. and , 2017. Systematic Diversity of the Family Poaceae (Gramineae) in Chile, In: Grillo, O. (ed.) The Dynamical Processes of Biodiversity - case studies of evolution and spatial distribution (pp 71-108) Intech. Available from:

  • Philippi R.A. (1873a)

    Philippi, R.A. 1873a. Descripcion de las plantas nuevas incorporadas últimamente en el herbario chileno. Anales de la Universidad de Chile 43: 479-583

  • Penneckamp (2018)

    Penneckamp Furniel, D. 2018. Flora Vascular Silvestre del Archipiélago Juan Fernández. Primera Edición (versión electrónica). Planeta de Papel Ediciones, Valparaíso, Chile. 723 pp.


  • Penneckamp (2018): pag. 365


Archipiélago de Juan Fernández

Distribution and habitat

Only found on Robinson Cruseo Island, on outcrops between the rocks, in ravines, or in more open places also relatively common in dense forests, but only isolated and sparse (Baeza, 2002)

Conservation status

  • Critically endangered (CR). (Finot et al. (2017))


  • Penneckamp (2018)


Perennial, upto 3 m tall.


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