The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Solanum trinominum J.R.Benn.


Atacama, Coquimbo and Valparaíso


Mediterranean and Coastal matorral

Distribution and habitat

Distributed in coastal areas from Huasco in Region III (Atacama) to Los Molles in Region V (Valparaíso). Mainly found on dunes and sandy lomas formations from 10–120 metres above sea-level.


Perennial, probably erect, shrub up to 60 cm tall. Flowers August to January

Key characteristics

Similar to S. pinnatum but can be distinguished by the unequal length of the stamens and it leaves which are larger and greyish in appearance due to a covering of the dense matted hairs.


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