The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Copiapoa serpentisulcata F. Ritter

Place of Publication

Cactus 66: 22 (1960)


  • Ritter (1960a)

    Ritter, F. 1960. Copiapoa nouveaux du Chili. Cactus, Paris 15(66):19-24

  • Schulz & Kapitany (1996)

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

  • 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 (2013): 334.6, 335.1
  • Schulz & Kapitany (1996): P89-P92, P225
  • Hoffmann & Walter (2004): Lam. 49




Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

Distribution and habitat

Found between Punta Achurra and Pan de Azuar at elevations of 0-500 m above sea level. It occurs on coastal hills (lomas costeras) on granitic slopes often at the base of rocks in soft sand and gravel. It can sometimes be seen growing with C. cinerascens

Conservation status

  • Endangered B1ab(iii,v)


Forms compact short-stemmed clumps which grow to about 1 m in diameter. Individual heads can be 150 mm across