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Copiapoa cinerascens (Salm-Dyck) Britton & Rose

Place of Publication

Cactaceae 3: 88 (1922)


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Common names

  • erizo gris (Hoffmann & Walter (2004))


  • Britton & Rose (1922)

    Britton, N.L. and Rose, J.N 1922. The Cactaceae; descriptions and illustrations of plants of the cactus family 3:1-255

  • Schulz & Kapitany (1996)

    Schulz , R. and Kapitany, A. 1996. Copiapoa in their environment: Chañaral to El Cobre. Quarto 176 pp.

  • Hunt (2013)

    Hunt, D. 2013. The New Cactus Lexicon (illustrations). dh books. Milborne Port, UK 527 pp.

  • Señoret Espinosa & Acosta Ramos (2013)

    Señoret Espinosa, E. and Acosta Ramos, J.P. 2013. Guía de Campo. Cactáceas Nativas de Chile. CORMA 247 pp.

  • Larridon et al. (2015)

    Larridon, I , Walter, H , Guerrero, P , Duarte, M , Cisternas, M , Peña, C , Bauters, K , Asselman, P , Goetghebeur, P and Samain, M.-S 2015. An integrative approach to understanding the evolution and diversity of Copiapoa (Cactaceae), a threatened endemic Chilean genus from the Atacama Desert. American Journal of Botany. 102. 1506-1520.

  • Hunt (2016b)

    Hunt, D. 2016. CITES Cactaceae Checklist. Third Edition. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew


  • Schulz & Kapitany (1996): p.93, p94, p95, p97, p195
  • Hunt (2013): 329.2
  • Hoffmann & Walter (2004): Lam. 33




Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

Distribution and habitat

Occurs in the coastal mountains (lomas costeras) from south of Barquito to north of Chañaral (sea level to 700 m). In the southern part of Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar it grows with C. serpentisulcata and C. cinerea var. columna-alba.

Conservation status

  • Endangered B1ab(v)


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