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Heliotropium sinuatum (Miers) I.M. Johnst.

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

Place of Publication

Cont. Gray Herb. 81: 26 (1928)

Type citation

Chile, Coquimbo. T.Bridges s.n. (lectotype: BM, selected by Johnston (1928, 27); possible isolectotypes: BM, P.)


Common names

  • palo negro
  • monte negro

Conservation status

  • Least Concern (Luebert (2013))


  • Luebert (2013)


Erect shrub 0.5–1.5 m tall. Flowering September to November (throughout the year with sufficient moisture).

Key characteristics

Most closely related to H. taltalense which is also resinous and has sinuate and rugose leaves but H. sinuatum differs by not having forked secondary veins and posses leaves with less pubescence (Luebert, 2013).


Atacama and Coquimbo


Desert and Desert fog oasis

Distribution and habitat

Coastal areas and interior of the provinces of Elqui (Región Coquimbo) and provinces of Huasco and Copiapó (Región Atacama). Coastal ravines and rocky hillsides from sea level to 1500 m where it is dominant and growing with Balbisia peduncularis, Frankenia chilensis, Nolana albescens, Oxalis virgosa and Pleocarphus revolutus.


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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 (2013)

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