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Eulychnia breviflora Phil.

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Eulychnia >
  3. Family: Cactaceae

Place of Publication

Fl. Atacam: 23 (1860a)

Type citation

Philippi, Fl. Atacama: 24 (1860) Pl. 2, fig. A 1-4. (designated by Leuenberger & Eggli, 2000)


Common names

  • copoa

Conservation status

  • Least Concern


  • Hoffmann & Walter (2004): Lam. 98
  • Regions

    Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo


    Desert, Desert fog oasis, Mediterranean and Coastal matorral

    Distribution and habitat

    This coastal species has a discontinuous distribution with its southern population ranging from Punta Teatinos to south of Choros and a northern population occurring from the Río Huasco north to Paposo . It is a component of the desert fog oasis but also occurs in drier locations amongst thorny scrub.


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


    • Philippi R.A. (1860a)

      Philippi, R.A. 1860a. Florula Atacamensis seu enumeratio plantarum, quas in itinere per desertum Atacamense. Sumptibus E. Anton

    • Leuenberger & Eggli (2000)

      Leuenberger, B.E. and Eggli , U 2000. The genus Eulychnia (Cactaceae) in Chile: notes on the taxonomy, types, and other old specimens. Haseltonia 7: (63-76)

    • 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