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Heliotropium glutinosum Phil.

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Heliotropium >
  3. Family: Heliotropiaceae

Place of Publication

Fl. Atacam: 33 (1860a)

Type citation

Chile. Región de Atacama, Prov. Chañaral, Agua Dulce in Deserto Atacama, 26 16 lat. S, 6300 p.s.m., 21 Feb. 1854, R.A. Philippi s.n. (holotype: SGO 54387; isotype: B, W 12894).


Common names

  • palo negro
  • palo negro

Conservation status


  • Luebert (2013): F.g. 7(a-e).
  • Descriptions

    • Luebert (2013)


    Erect shrub 20-80 cm tall. Flowering throughout the year if sufficient moisture.

    Key characteristics

    Readily distinct from other Chilean species due to conspicuous glandular hairs on the leaf surface.



    Distribution and habitat

    A locally common but not dominant in the the foothills of the province of Chañaral where it grows in ravines and sandy plains from 1195-2200 metres above sea level. Desert scrub of Atriplex sp., Nolana leptophylla and Encelia canescens (Luebert 2013).


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    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

    • Luebert (2013)

      Luebert, F. 2013. A revision of Heliotropium sect. Cochranea (Heliotropiaceae). Kew Bulletin 68(1): 1-54.