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Copiapoa dealbata F. Ritter

Place of Publication

Cactus 63: 137 (1959)


Common names

  • Copiapoa de Carrizal (Hoffmann & Walter (2004))


  • Ritter (1959a)

    Ritter, F. 1959. Expedition F.Ritter en Amerique du sud; Copiapoa nouveaux du Chili. Cactus, Paris XIV. 63:133-140

  • Hoffmann & Walter (2004)

    Hoffmann J., A.E. and Walter M., H.E. 2004. Cactaceas en la Flora Silvestre de Chile, 2nd edition. Fundación Claudio Gay

  • 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.

  • Hunt (2016b)

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

  • 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.


  • Hoffmann & Walter (2004): Lam. 38
  • Hunt (2013): 330.3, 330.4




Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

Distribution and habitat

Distributed along the coastline around Carrizal Bajo and towards Totoral with an altitudinal range of sea level to 700 m. Locally abundant in lomas vegetation of desert shrubland on sandy and rocky substrate


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