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Heliotropium jaffuelii I.M. Johnst.

Place of Publication

J. Arnold Arb. 18(1): 19 (1937)

Type citation

Chile, Región de Antofagasta, Prov. Tocopilla, Tocopilla, Nov. 1931, F. Jaffuel 2524 (holotype GH; isotypes CONC, G.).


  • Johnston (1937)

    Johnston, I.M. 1937. Studies in the Boraginaceae. XII. 2. Novelties and critical notes, Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. 18(1):10-25

  • Luebert (2013)

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


  • Luebert (2013): Fig. 6. (a-f)




Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

Distribution and habitat

Coastal areas north of Tocopilla, Región de Antofagasta, Chile, 22°6'–22°2'S. Only known from two nearby locations. Hills on gravelly slopes in the fog zone where the desert scrub vegetation is dominated byEphedra breana and Eulychnia iquiquensis. (Luebert et al. 2007).

Conservation status

  • Critically Endangered B2 (Luebert (2013))


  • Luebert (2013)


Erect shrub.

Key characteristics

Due to its geographical location (there are no other Heliotropium species known from near to Tocophilla) it cannot be confused with other members of the genus.