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Erythrostemon angulatus (Hook. & Arn.) E. Gagnon & G. P. Lewis

Type citation

CHILE, Coquimbo, Andacollo, near the Río Hurtado, 1837, C. Gay 525 (holotype ?TL, n.v.; isotype SGO).


Common names

  • yerba buena (Lewis (1998))


  • Ulibarri (1996)

    Ulibarri, E.A. 1996. Sinopsis de Caesalpinia y Hoffmannseggia (Leguminosae - Caesalpinioideae) de sudamérica. Darwiniana 34(1-4):299-348

  • Lewis (1998)

    Lewis, G.P. 1998. Caesalpinia. A revision of the Poincianell-Erythrostemon Group. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 233 pp.

  • Gagnon et al. (2016)

    Gagnon, E. , Bruneau, A. , Hughes, C.E. , Paganucci de Queiroz, L. , Lewis, G.P. and , 2016. A new generic system for the pantropical Caesalpinia group (Leguminosae). PhytoKeys, 71:1-160


  • Lewis (1998): Fig 41(A-N)


Atacama and Coquimbo

Distribution and habitat

Restricted to northern Chile from north of Vallenar (province Atacama) to Fray Jorge (province Coquimbo). Desert scrub on hillsides, salt flats, and cliffs from 100-1000 m above sea level.


  • Ulibarri (1996)
  • Lewis (1998)


Sprawling evergreen shrub to 1 m tall. Flowering and fruiting from August to February.


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