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Heliotropium linariifolium Phil.

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

Place of Publication

Fl. Atacam: 38 (1860a)

Type citation

Chile, in regioni litorali deserti herbosa ad Cachinal de la Costa, 13 Dec. 1853, R A. Philippi s.n. (lectotype: SGO 42217, selected by Johnston (1928b: 37); isolectotype: B†.


Conservation status

  • Least Concern (Luebert (2013))


  • Luebert (2013)


Decumbent shrub 15–30 cm tall. Flowering from September to November.

Key characteristics

Easily distinguished from other Chilean species by its orange flowers.


Tarapacá, Antofagasta and Atacama


Desert and Desert fog oasis

Distribution and habitat

Coastal distribution in the provinces of Chañaral and Copiapó between 24°56'S to 27°4'S. Arid habitats out of the fog zone (except at some lower elevations) from sea level to 100 metres. Forms pat of the coastal scrub vegetation with species such as Heliotropium pycnophyllum, Gypothamnium pinifolium, Oxyphyllum ulicinum, and Gymnophyton foliosum (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.