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Myrosmodes nervosa (Kraenzl.) Novoa, C. Vargas & Cisternas

Place of Publication

Gayana, Bot. 72(1): 152 (2015a)

Type citation

Based on: Altensteinia nervosa Kraenzl. CHILE; Taruguire, prov. Tarapacá. 3.756 m., 1904, R. Pohlmann s. n. (Lectotypus selected by Novoa et al. 2015) SGO 000001328!).



  • Novoa et al. (2015a)

    Novoa, P. , Vargas, C. and Cisternas, M. 2015a. Myrosmodes nervosa (Orchidaceae, Cranichidinae, subgenus Myrosmodes): A new combination of Myrosmodes to Chile. Gayana. Botánica 72(1): 152-154


  • Novoa et al. (2015a): figs 1 & 2


Tarapacá, Antofagasta and Arica y Parinacota


Desert and Andean desert

Distribution and habitat

Occurs in the high Andes from Arica and Parinacota to Antofagasta Regions, from 3,750 to 4,400 m elevation. It grows in Andean bogs “bofedales” in associated with herbaceous cushion species of Juncaceae, mainly Oxychloe andina. (Novoa, et al. 2015).


  • Novoa et al. (2015a)


The leaves and inflorescence are eaten by the Quechua and Aymar (Villagrán & Castro, 2004)

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