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The construction of this website is a work in progress. The basic data will come from the previously published moss checklist housed on the Pick server at the Missouri Botanical Garden, which might be no longer accessible in the future. 

This website attempts to provide updates and corrections which are done regularly when new information is available. The updated accepted species number will be more than what was recognized in the last checklist, encompassing 778 species and 88 subspecific taxa, representing 203 genera and 63 families. The taxa numbers previously recorded for each geographic region of Chile as well as for Juan Fernandez Islands, is summarized in the following table. 

Specimens from Chile deposited at the Missouri Botanical Garden (MO) are listed under each accepted species. Unlike in the last checklist that cities only collectors and numbers, here the specimen records are listed with direct links to complete information from the specimen labels. Another advantage of this website is the direct reference links to papers where the respective taxon was treated in Chile.

The earlier study showed that the northern regions had received little attention historically. Region I and XV have zero record, while Region II and III have only eight records, respectively. On the contrary, the southern regions, especially Regions X, XI, and XII, each has reported more than 300 taxa.

The floristic affinities of the Chilean moss flora await critical analysis. In general, the characteristics of the Chilean moss flora exhibit principally two geographical features. The mosses associated with the desert region and the northern zones have links to temperate-tropical elements of Bolivia-Ecuador-Colombia. There is also a rather high percentage of higher elevation taxa in the region. In contrast, the moss flora in the extensive south temperate regions has links to those found in southeastern Australia, New Zealand, and Subantarctica.


Region Province # of taxa
Arica and Parinacota (XV) Arica, Parinacota 0
Tarapacá (I) Iquique, Tamarugal 0
Antofagasta (II) Antofagasta, El Loa, Tocopilla 8
Atacama (III) Copiapó, Chanaral, Huasco 8
Coquimbo (IV) Choapa, Elqui, Limari 66
Valparaiso (V)

Isla de Pascua, Los Andes, Marga Marga, Petorca, Quillota, San Antonio, San Felipe de Aconcagua, Valparaiso

O'Higgins (VI) Cachapoal, Cardenal Caro, Colchagua 53
Santiago Metropolitan (XIII) Chacabuco, Cordillera, Maipo, Melipilla, Santiago, Talagante 136
Maule (VII) Cauquenes, Curicó, Linares, Talca 65
Ñuble (XVI) Diguillin, Itata, Punilla 84
Biobio (VIII) Arauco, Biobio, Concepcion 190
Araucania (IX) Cautin, Malleco 234
Los Rios (XIV) Ranco, Valdivia 293
Los Lagos (X) Chiloe, Llanquihue, Osorno, Palena 412
Aysén (XI) Aysén, Capitan Prat, Coihaique, General Carrera 310
Magallanes (XII) Magallanes, Tierra del Fuego, Última Esperanza 450
Juan Fernandez Islands Robinson Crusoe, Alejandro Selkirk and Santa Clara 162

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