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Tropaeolum leptophyllum G.Don subsp. gracile (Hook. & Arn.) Sparre

Place of Publication

Opera Bot.108: 30, f.13D. (1991)

Type citation

Chile, Maule Region, Linares. Cuming 839 (lectotype: BM (selected by Sparre & Andersson, 1991) isotype: E, K).



  • Sparre & Andersson (1991)

    Sparre, B. and Andersson, L. 1991. A taxonomic revision of the Tropaeolaceae, Opera Botanica 108:1-139


  • Watson & Flores (2010c): Fig 24, 25
  • Wilford (2010d): Pl. 682


Maule, Biobío and Araucanía

Distribution and habitat

Southern central Chile from the Andes of the Maule Region to Malleco. Sea level to 1900 m above sea level. Dry, steppe shrubby vegetation or deciduous dry woodland at the lower end of its altitudinal range.


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


Tuberous perennial herb, procumbent or climbing. Flowering mainly from July to March.

Key characteristics

This subspecies differs from T. leptophyllum ssp. leptophyllum by having paler yellow flowers and leaves with a shorter leaf stalk (ca 20 mm) and in leaflet length (to 7 mm).