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The Endemic Plants of Chile – an Annotated Checklist

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Heliotropium longistylum Phil.

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

Place of Publication

Anales Univ. Chile 43: 515-516 (1873a)

Type citation

Chile, Región de Atacama, Prov, Huasco, Carrizal Bajo, Sept. 1885, F. Philippi s.n. (lectotype: SGO 54362, selected by Förther (1998, 226): isolectotypes: GH, SGO 42218)


Conservation status

  • Endangered EN B2(a,b,c)


  • Luebert (2013)


Erect shrub 0.4–1.2 m. Flowering from September to October.

Key characteristics

This species can be confused with H. stenophyllum from which it differs in its larger leaves and flowers and by having a style longer than the stigmatic head.


Atacama, Coquimbo and Valparaíso

Distribution and habitat

Confined to coastal areas of the provinces of Copiapó and Huasco between 27º43'S and 28º22'S. Dry and sandy desert coastal areas from 5–400 metres above sea level. Infrequent in shrubby vegetation dominated by Atriplex mucronata, Eulychnia breviflora, Heliotropium sinuatum and Oxalis virgosa.


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


  • Philippi R.A. (1873a)

    Philippi, R.A. 1873a. Descripcion de las plantas nuevas incorporadas últimamente en el herbario chileno. Anales de la Universidad de Chile 43: 479-583

  • Förther (1998)

    Förther, H. 1998. Die infragenerische Gliederung der Gattung Heliotropium L. und ihre. Stellung innerhalb der subfam. Heliotropioideae (Schrad.) Arn. (Boraginaceae) . Sendtnera 5: 35—341

  • Luebert (2013)

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