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The Endemic Plants of Chile – an Annotated Checklist

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Plectocephalus chilensis (Bertero ex Hook. & Arn.) G. Don ex Loudon var. chilensis

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  2. genus: Plectocephalus >


Common names

  • escabiosa del campo (Gay (1849d)) (Hoffmann (1998a)) (Muñoz-Pizarro (1966))
  • flor del minero (Gay (1849d)) (Muñoz-Pizarro (1966)) (Hoffmann (1998a))
  • yerba del minero (Gay (1849d)) (Hoffmann (1998a))


  • Muñoz-Pizarro (1966): Lam. 10
  • Riedemann et al. (2006): pag. 93


    • Gay (1849d)
    • Muñoz-Pizarro (1966)

    Key characteristics

    Compared with var. brevilobus, this variety differs in having larger leaves with longer lobes. The capitulum is pedunculate (vs. sessile) and the flowering branches are not densely leaved. It is also less woody than var. brevilobus.


    Atacama, Coquimbo, Valparaíso and Metropolitana


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


    • Hooker & Arnott (1830)

      Hooker, W.J. and Arnott, G.A.W. 1830. The botany of Captain Beechey's voyage; comprising an account of the plants collected by Messrs Lay and Collie, and other officers on the expedition, during the voyage to the Pacific and Bering's Strait, performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom, under the command of Captain F. W. Beechey, R. N., F. R., & A. S., in the years 1825, 26, 27, and 28. Part 1. London: Henry G. Bohn

    • Gay (1849d)

      Gay, C. 1849. Historia física y política de Chile: Botánica, vol. 4(3).257-384. Paris & Chile (Museo Historia Natural de Santiago)

    • Muñoz-Pizarro (1966)

      Muñoz-Pizarro, C. 1966. Flores silvestres de Chile. Santiago de Chile: Universidad de Chile

    • Hoffmann (1998a)

      Hoffmann, A. 1998a. Flora silvestre de Chile: zona central, 4a edición. Chile: Fundación Claudio Gay

    • Riedemann et al. (2006)

      Riedemann, P. , Aldunate, G. and Teillier, S. 2006. Flora nativa de valor ornamental: Chile zona norte. Chile: Corporación Jardín Botánico Chagual