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Heliotropium philippianum I.M. Johnst.

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

Place of Publication

Cont. Gray Herb. 81: 36 (1928)

Type citation

Chile, Region de Antofagasta, Prov. Antofagasta, Vicinity of Paposo, hill directly back of Punta Grande, 29 Nov. 1925, I. M. Johnston 5233 (holotype: GH; isotypes: Ε, Κ, US 1495296).

Conservation status

  • Critically Endangered CR (B1,a,c.) (Luebert (2013))


  • Finger & Teillier (2010):
  • Descriptions

    • Luebert (2013)


    Erect or subscandent shrub, 0.6-1.5 m tall. Flowering September to November.


    Antofagasta and Atacama


    Desert and Desert fog oasis

    Distribution and habitat

    Coastal areas between Paposo and Blanco Encalada (24⁰26'S–25⁰6'S). Rocky hillsides and stream-sides in the fog zone, never dominant. Associated with the shrubs such as Euphorbia lactiflua and Eulychnia iquiquensis (Luebert & Pliscoff, 2006).


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


    • Johnston (1928)

      Johnston, I.M. 1928. Studies in the Boraginaceae. VII. The South American species of Heliotropium; Notes on various Boraginoideae. Contributions from the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University 81:3-83

    • Luebert & Pliscoff (2006)

      Luebert, F. and Pliscoff, P. 2006. Sinopsis bioclimática y vegetacional de Chile. Editorial Universitaria, Santiago

    • Luebert (2013)

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