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The Endemic Plants of Chile – an Annotated Checklist

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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 (Hoffmann & Walter (2004))

Conservation status

  • Least Concern


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

    Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo

    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 the lomas fog oasis but also occurs in ultra arid areas 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