Centaurea chilensis Bertero ex Hook. & Arn. var. breviloba Candolle (1837: 575). Type:—CHILE: Coquimbo Region, Coquimbo Province, Coquimbo, 1831/1833, C. Gaudichaud 94 (Lectotype designated by Penneckamp et al. (2020): P 00703636; isolectotypes: FI 004939, P 00703637).
Penneckamp et al.
Penneckamp, , D , Chaura, R , Rojas, G. and Stuessy, T. 2020. Taxonomic notes on Plectocephalus (Centaurea) s.l., Centaureinae, Asteraceae) from Chile, including new combinations and synonyms. Phytotaxa 437(4) 227-246
This variety is differs from var chilensis by having smaller leaves with shorter lobules, the capitulum is sessile and the flowering branches are densely leaved. This variety also has a more woody habit