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Tropaeolum austropurpureum (J.M.Watson & A.R.Flores) J.M.Watson & A.R.Flores

Place of Publication

Bot. Mag. 27(3): 248 (2010b)

Type citation

Chile, Coquimbo Region, Choapa Province, S of road junction to Combarbalá, 100 m. Flores & Watson 8553 (holotype: SGO, isotypes: CONC, K).



  • Watson & Flores (2010a)

    Watson, J.M. and Flores, A.R. 2010. Tropaeolum Section Chilensia: an overview, Curtis's Botanical Magazine 27(3): 197-234

  • Watson & Flores (2010c)

    Watson, J.M. and Flores, A.R. 2010c. A synopsis of perennial tuberous Tropaeolum L. Section Chilensia Sparre (Tropaeoleaceae), including validation of three subsections and a new, reclassified natural hybrid. Herbertia 64: 150-281


  • Watson & Flores (2010c): Figs. 69-70



Distribution and habitat

Northern central Chile, Coquimbo Region, over 30 km to just north of Huentelauquén. Coastal mattoral scrub and high, bushy, mediterranean-type shrubbery steppe, 100 to 300 m above seal level (Watson & Flores 2010c).


  • Watson & Flores (2010c)


Tuberous climbing perennial to 2 m. Flowers in September.

Key characteristics

Closely resembles T. hookerianum s.s. but differes in having bright pink to strong purple corollas and extensive veining on the upper petals, the calyx is heavily lined and patterned compared with the plain green of T. hookerianum (Watson & Flores 2010c).