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Schizanthus porrigens Graham ex Hook. subsp. porrigens

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

Place of Publication

Exot. Fl. 1: tab. 86 (1824)

Type citation

United Kingdom. Scotland: Hort. Edin. [cultivated material at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh] (lectotype designated here: E! [E00089607]; isolectotype: E! E00089608]).



  • Morales-Fierro et al. (2020): fig. 6a–e
  • Habit

    Annual herb to 20-45 cm tall

    Key characteristics

    This is a very variable species, especially concerning the colour of the flowers, which can vary from intense rose and sometimes bluish to white. The spots are also variable; with two little ones at the sides of the upper middle lobe and two slightly larger ones on the upper lateral lobes (in the separation of the lateral and middle lobes). Sometimes, it has a purple irregular line above the yellow area. When the corolla is mostly white, the lower lip has a larger portion coloured light purple, but the same colour also occurs at the margin of the upper lateral lobes (Morales-Fierro et al., 2020).


    Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana and Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins

    Distribution and habitat

    Distributed between the Regions of Coquimbo (Province of Choapa, 32°5' lat. S) and O’Higgins (Province of Cachapoal, 34°20' lat. S) from 20– 1800 m above sea level. This is one of the most widespread species from the coast to the Andes, in various types of substrates and in shrubby and sclerophyllous communities (Morales-Fierro et al., 2020).


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    • Hooker, W.J. (1824)

      Hooker, W.J. 1824. Exotic Flora 1

    • 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

    • 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.