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The Endemic Plants of Chile – an Annotated Checklist

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Schizanthus alpestris Poepp.

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Schizanthus >
  3. Family: Solanaceae

Place of Publication

Not. Natur-Heilk 23: 291 (1829)

Type citation

Chile. Valparaíso: Rarius in glareosis ad confluentes Rio Colorado et Rio Chille, Dec, E. Poeppig 2 [12, Diar. 562] (lectotype designated here: HAL! [135744]; isolectotypes: B [destroyed, F! neg. 3057], P! [P00477033]).


Common names

  • pajarito alpestre (Hoffmann et al. (1998b))


  • Morales-Fierro et al. (2020): fig. 3a–b
  • Habit

    Annual herb, 20-40 cm tall.

    Key characteristics

    This species has very delicate small flowers (14–18 mm long, 14–16 mm wide), external portion of the corolla lavender or lilac, upper middle corolla lobe narrowly oblong, with a bilobed apex, sometimes these lobes are a little divided (Morales-Fierro et al., 2020).


    Atacama, Coquimbo and Valparaíso

    Distribution and habitat

    It has a relatively broad distribution between the Regions of Atacama (Province of Huasco, 28°50' lat. S) and Valparaíso (Province of Los Andes, 32°50' lat. S) between 180– 2800 m above sea level. It is abundant on stony hillsides, along railroads, roadsides, and watercourses; among rocks over loose soil. It has also been found in rocky areas, where it seems to be scarce. In these rocky areas, it grows with Puya sp., Flourensia thurifera, Echinopsis chiloensis and Proustia cuneifolia (Morales-Fierro et al., 2020).


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


    • Poeppig (1829)

      Poeppig , E.F. 1829. Schreibendes jetzt in Chile reisenden Hern Poeppig. Notizen aus dem Gebiete der Natur-und Heilkunde. Weimar 23:273-282, 289-293

    • Grau & Gronbach (1984)

      Grau, J. and Gronbach, E. 1984. Untersuchungen zur variabilität in der Gattung Schizanthus (Solanaceae). Mitteilungen (aus) der Botanischen Staatssammlung München 20: 111-203

    • Muñoz-Schick & Moreira-Muñoz (2008b)

      Muñoz-Schick, M. and Moreira-Muñoz , A 2008. El género Schizanthus (Solanaceae) en Chile. Revista Chagual (Jardín Botánico Chagual, Santiago) 6: 21–32.

    • Morales-Fierro et al. (2020)

      Morales-Fierro, Vanezza , Muñoz-Schick, Mélica and Moreira-Muñoz, Andrés 2020. Synopsis of Schizanthus Ruiz & Pav. (Solanaceae), a genus endemic to the southern Andes. PhytoKeys 154: 57–102