The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Tropaeolum tricolor Sweet

Place of Publication

Brit. Fl. Gard. 3: t.270 (1828a)


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  • Sweet (1828a)

    Sweet, R. 1828a. The British flower garden : containing coloured figures & descriptions of the most ornamental & curious hardy herbaceous plants including annuals, biennials, & perrenials; with their scientific and English names; best method of cultivation and propagation; the heights they generally attain; or any information respecting then that may be considered useful or interesting. 3


  • Watson & Flores (2010c): Figs 51-52


Antofagasta, Atacama, Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana, Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, Maule, Biobío, Araucanía, Los Lagos and Ñuble


Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

Distribution and habitat

Extensive distribution from northern Chile, south to the lake district (ca 2000 km), within this range it occurs from the coast to lower slopes of the Andes alpine habitats (2500 m). Within this extensive range T. tricolor can be found in very contrasting habitats including Andean scree, climbing up cacti in fog oasis and clambering over trees and shrubs in temperate rainforests and Mediterranaen scrubland.


Tuberous, climbing perennial with slender stems 3-5 m. Flowering from September to December.