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Oxalis gigantea Barnéoud

Place of Publication

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

Type citation

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


  • Gay (1846c)

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

  • Shaw (2022)

    Shaw, J M H 2022. Shaw, J.M.H. Oxalis OXALIDACEAE. In: Eggli, U., Nyffeler, R. (eds) Dicotyledons: Rosids. Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants. Springer, Cham.


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Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo


Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

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 alluvial fans and stony slopes in the coastal fog desert.


  • Heibl (2005)
  • Shaw (2022)


Perennial, pachycaulous shrub up to 2.5 m tall.


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