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Heliotropium philippianum I.M. Johnst.

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).


  • 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.


  • Finger & Teillier (2010):


Antofagasta and Atacama


Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

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).

Conservation status

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


  • Luebert (2013)


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


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