Gunnera tinctoria

Gunnera tinctoria_Richard Spellenberg
Photo: Richard Spellenberg

Common names: Chilean Gunnera

Gunnera tinctoria (Chilean Gunnera) is a perennial herb/ (family Gunneraceae) with clusters of purple flowers and large prickly leaves found in the central coast ranges of California. Chilean Gunnera has both female and male flower parts. It is native to Chile. It occurs in grasslands, wetlands, bogs and woodlands. It spreads via seeds and rhizomes. Its seeds are dispersed by birds and water.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


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Other Gunnera tinctoria Information

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  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Gunnera tinctoria_inflorescence_ZoyaAkulova
    Gunnera tinctoria (Chilean Gunnera) inflorescence. Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Gunnera tinctoria_leaves_ZoyaAkulova
    Gunnera tinctoria (Chilean Gunnera) leaves. Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Gunnera tinctoria_growth habit_JuergenSchrenk
    Gunnera tinctoria (Chilean Gunnera) growth habit. Photo: Juergen Schrenk