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The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Oxalis gigantea Barnéoud

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Oxalis >
  3. Family: Oxalidaceae

Place of Publication

Fl. Chil. [Gay] 1(4): 433-434 (1846)

Type citation

Chile, Coquimbo. Gay 78. Holotype: P (P02286628)


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  • Descriptions

    • Heibl (2005)


    Perennial, pachycaulous shrub up to 2 m tall.


    Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo


    Desert and Desert fog oasis

    Distribution and habitat

    Oxalis gigantea occurs in coastal valleys from Quebrada El Médano (Region Antofagasta) to Cordón Panulcillo near Huasco (Region Atacama) where it is locally abundant. It has one site inland in semi desert at Cuesta de las Cardas near La Serena (Region Coquimbo). It is mainly found on aAlluvial fans and stony slopes in the coastal fog desert.


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


    • Gay (1846c)

      Gay, C. 1846. Historia física y política de Chile: Botánica, vol. 1(4):377-496. Paris & Chile (Museo Historia Natural de Santiago)