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The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Solanum herbabona Reiche

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

Place of Publication

Anales Univ. Chile 124: 443 (1909)

Type citation

"Chile, region III (Atacama), Hierba Buena, K.F. Reiche s.n." (lectotype SGO 55606, designated by Bennett (2008) p.99).


Annual or perennial herb (sometimes woody at base) up to 40 cm tall. Flowers from October to November.

Key characteristics

Easily recognised by the leaves being petiolate (rarely stalkless) with with truncate bases.



Distribution and habitat

Restricted to Region III (Atacama) from Vellenar and extending south near to the Coquimbo. It occurs at c. 800 metres above sea-level but its exact habitat is unknown.


A very poorly known species which has only been collected on six occasions

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


  • Reiche (1909a)

    Reiche, K.F. 1909. Estudios criticos sobre la flora de Chile. Anales de la Universidad de Chile 124: 441-463, 735-769

  • Bennett (2008)

    Bennett , J.R. 2008. Revison of Solanum Section Regmandra (Solanaceae). Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 65(1):69-112