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Authors: Pers.  

Botanical Description

Densely mat to cushion-forming, up to 11cm high by 45cm wide in the wild. The stems somewhat woody. Leaves closely overlapping, spreading and lustrous, leathery, the blades 6-12mm long, cuneate, usually trifid, but sometimes five-parted, each lobe narrowly triangular with a prickle tip, stalks 5-10mm long having a fimbriate sheathing base. Flowers yellowish, in umbels of six to fourteen, just above the foliage. Chile and Argentina, from the northern Central cordilleras, Patagonia and Fuegia in coastal sands and gravels in Empetrum heath and forest margins from sea level to 3500m. [Pl.59]