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Lessonia nigrescens

Common name:

Peru: Black Aracanto
Chile: Chascón, black huiro.

Distribution and Biology:

Occurs along the Pacific coast of South America, from Peru to the sub-Antarctic regions of Chile (Malvinas and Kerguelen Islands). It inhabits areas with strong waves. It has a dark olive green coloration and forms long stems that end in flat, flexible leaves. Adult plants can reach up to 6 m long.


The extraction of this species is carried out by artisanal fishing organizations, in rural areas along the coast. Its main use is in the alginate industry, however, it is also used in fertilizers and for microdermabrasion treatments in humans.
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