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The Endemic Plants of Chile – an Annotated Checklist

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Solanum pinnatum Cav.

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

Place of Publication

Icon. [Cav.] 5(1): 23, t. 439, f.1 (1799)

Type citation

Region IV (Coquimbo), Coquimbo, L. Née s.n. (Lectotype MA 656494, left hand specimen, designated by Knapp (2007)).


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Perennial, erect shrub 30–200 cm tall. Flowers from February to April.

Key characteristics

A variable species especially in leaf shape and hair covering (indumentum). However, it can be recognised by the singly lobed leaves and usually dense, many flowered inflorescences.


Tarapacá, Antofagasta, Atacama, Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana, Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins and Biobío

Distribution and habitat

A widespread coastal species distributed from Regions I (Tarapacá) to VIII (Bíobío) from sea-level to 2300 m, mostly in sandy and rocky places.


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


  • Cavanilles (1799)

    Cavanilles, A.J. 1799. Icones et descriptiones plantarum, quae aut sponte in Hispania crescunt, aut in hortis hospitantur, vol. 5(1):1-74. Matriti: ex Typographya Regia

  • Knapp (2007)

    Knapp, S. 2007. Lectotypification of Cavanilles’ names in Solanum (Solanaceae). Anales del Jardín Botánico Madrid 64: 195–203.

  • Bennett (2008)

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