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The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Menonvillea purpurea (Hastings) Rollins

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Menonvillea >
  3. Family: Brassicaceae

Place of Publication

Contr. Gray Herb. 177: 37 (1955)

Type citation

Based on Hexaptera purpurea Hastings: CHILE. [Región Metropolitana] Prov. Santiago, rocks near Laguna Negra, 10,000 ft [3,048 m], 6 February 1902, G. T. Hastings 480 (lectotype designated by Salariato et al., 2014. US 530369!; isolectotypes BH!, NY!, UC 67055!).



  • Salariato et al. (2014): fig. 2a
  • Descriptions

    • Salariato et al. (2014)


    Perennial, woody at base, stems 25−40 cm. Flowers mainly from October to January.

    Key characteristics

    This species differs from M. constitutionis by its 3-lobed (vs. undivided) leaves, lax (vs. densely corymbose) fruiting racemes, ascending to recurved pedicels 1.5−3.5(−4) mm long (vs. ascending to arcuate pedicels 3.5−6 mm long), and oblong and plump (vs. ovoid to slightly compressed) seeds. It also resembles M. linearis but differs by having 3-winged, usually non-callose (vs. valves 2-winged and strongly callose) fruit valves (Salariato et al., 2014)


    Coquimbo, Metropolitana, Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins and Maule

    Distribution and habitat

    Occurs in central and southern regions of Chile where it grows in rocky areas and cliffs at elevations of 50−2800 m


    • Rollins (1955)

      Rollins, R.C. 1955. A revisionary study of the genus Menonvillea (Cruciferae). Contributions from the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University 177: 3-57

    • Salariato et al. (2014)

      Salariato, D.L. , Zuloaga , F.O. and Al-Shehbaz, I.A. 2014. A revision of the genus Menonvillea (Cremolobeae, Brassicaceae). Phytotaxa 162(4):