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Eulychnia breviflora Phil.

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))


  • 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


  • Hoffmann & Walter (2004): Lam. 98


Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo


Desert, Desert fog oases (Lomas), 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.

Conservation status

  • Least Concern


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