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Tropaeolum beuthii Klotzsch

Place of Publication

Allg. Gartenzeitung 18: 161 (1850)

Type citation

Chile. Antofagasta or Tarapacá Regions, Cobija, Iquique or Arica, Cuming 914 (neotype: BM, isoneotypes: CGE, E, K).



  • Klotzsch (1850)

    Klotzsch, J.F. 1850. Tropaeolum beuthii n. sp., Allgemeine Gartenzeitung 18:161-162

  • Wilford (2010b)

    Wilford, R. 2010b. Tropaeolum buthii. Curtis's Botanical Magazine 27(3) 256–261

  • 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. 66-68
  • Wilford (2010b): Pl. 680




Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

Distribution and habitat

Restricted to two disjunct coastal localities of Tocopilla and Paposo (a seperation of 300 km), from close to sea level to ca 200 m. It grows within the fog oasis on steep-sided valleys of coastal mountains, often growing on screes, rock outcrops, soil banks or supported by shrubs and cacti.


  • Sparre & Andersson (1991)
  • Wilford (2010b)


Tuberous climbing herb with slender stems to 2 m. Flowering from August to September.

Key characteristics

Readily distinguished from T. hookerianum s.s. (with which it could be confused) by having larger, bright yellow flowers combined with a prominent, slender spur of 8-10 mm.