The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Solanum sitiens I.M.Johnst.

Place of Publication

Revista Chilena de Hist. Nat. 33: 25 (1929)

Type citation

Chile. Antofagasta: near Calama, ca. 3300 m, 7 Sep 1919, Moore & Abbott s.n. (holotype, US-1038130)



  • Johnston (1929b)

    Johnston, I.M. 1929. A new Chilean plant and some nomenclatoral changes. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 33:25-27



Distribution and habitat

Restricted to the Region Antofagasta on the western Andean slopes from 2350-3500 m above sea-level, on rocky hillsides and dry quebradas.


Small, erect or somewhat sprawling shrubs, woody at the base, to 70 cm. Main flowering peak in November followed by a minor flowering period between January and May.

Key characteristics

Closley related to S. lycopersicoides but differs by having more dissected leaves and a yellowish, rather than purple or black fruit.


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