Leontochir ovallei is endangered in the wild, where it is eaten by indigenous guanacos and introduced goats, especially the latter; plants survive by growing up through spiny shrubs and, as here, in rocky cliffs of the Coast Range, in a very arid climate subject to marine fogs. Photo 1 by Jane McGary taken in a canyon near Carrizal Bajo, Chile, in October 2002. Photos 2-5 were taken by Eugene Zielinski October 2011 in Parque Nacional Llanos de Challe. The last picture shows how the plants trail between and over the rocks on a steep talus slope. The vernacular name of the plant is Garra de leon 'lion's claw'.