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Heliotropium stenophyllum Hook. & Arn.

Place of Publication

Bot. Beechey Voy. 1: 38 (1830)

Type citation

Chile, Región de Coquimbo, Prov. Elqui, Panamericana S of Coquimbo, F. Luebert & C. Becker 2910 (neotype: SGO, (selected Luebert (2013), pp. 35); isoneotype: BSB).


Common names

  • palo negro (Luebert (2013))
  • monte negro (Luebert (2013))


  • Hooker & Arnott (1830)

    Hooker, W.J. and Arnott, G.A.W. 1830. The botany of Captain Beechey's voyage; comprising an account of the plants collected by Messrs Lay and Collie, and other officers on the expedition, during the voyage to the Pacific and Bering's Strait, performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom, under the command of Captain F. W. Beechey, R. N., F. R., & A. S., in the years 1825, 26, 27, and 28. Part 1. London: Henry G. Bohn

  • Luebert (2013)

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


  • Luebert (2013): Fig. 10(a-e).


Atacama, Coquimbo and Valparaíso


Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

Distribution and habitat

From Province of Huasco (Región de Atacama) to Quillota, (Región de Valparaíso). Dry and sandy hillsides and rocky coastal areas, 5-1200 metres above sea level. In coastal areas it is usually dominant, together with Oxalis virgosa, while in inland areas it is usually restricted to dry north-facing slopes, where it is sometimes dominant together with Bridgesia incisifolia, Cordia decandra and Flourensia thurifera (Luebert (2013).

Conservation status

  • Least Concern


  • Luebert (2013)


Erect shrub 0.6-2m tall. Main flowering from August to November.


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