The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Oxalis virgosa Molina

Place of Publication

Sag. Stor. Nat. Chili: 132–133, 352 (1782)



  • Molina (1782)

    Molina, G.I. 1782. Saggio sulla Storia Naturale del Chili. Bologna: Nella stamperia d S. Tommafo d’ Aquino

  • Heibl (2005)

    Heibl, C 2005. Studies on the systematics, evolution and biogeography of Oxalis sections Caesiae, Carnosae, and Giganteae, endemic to the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Diploma thesis. University of Munich, Germany.

  • 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.


  • Heibl (2005): Fig. 15


Atacama, Coquimbo and Valparaíso


Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

Distribution and habitat

Distributed from from the coast at Carrizal Alto (Region Atacama) to Punta Herradura (coastal) and inland to Cuesta de las Cardas near La Serena (Region Valparaíso). Here it grows on stony slopes and plateaus in the coastal fog oasis in semi desert areas.


  • Shaw (2022)


Perennial. Pachycaulous shrub up to 2 m tall.


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