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Range DescriptionEndemic to Chile where its main distribution is in the Andes from Region VII (Province Linares, 35º 52') to Region IX (Province Malleco, 39º 30'S). It also has a single location on the eastern slopes of the Coastal Cordillera in Region IX and one location in the Central Depression Region IX (Province Malleco, 38º 20'S) (Hechenleitner et al. 2005).
Prior to 1998, standard references for the flora of Chile considered P. andina to be endemic to Chile ( Rodríguez 1983, Marticorena and Rodríguez 1995). Covas (1998) cited P. andina as having an Argentinean distribution based on a herbarium specimen collected in 1936 by Cabrera (no. 3675) apparently from near the Río Aluminé in Prov. Neuquén. However, recently this specimen has been re-examined at the La Plata Herbarium, Argentina, only to find that the location label details relate to Ñuble, Recinto, which is located in Chile. Tortorelli (1956) lists P. andina as occurring in Cañadón Regolil (Prov. Neuquén), Argentina, which is very close to the Chilean border. Local botanists and foresters have not been able to confirm the occurrence P. andina at this location, saying that the conifer Saxegothaea conspicua, which is not uncommon in the area, is often mistaken for P. andina.