The species is endemic to coastal central Chile, highly menaced by the increased change in land use for industrial and recreational use.
Its distribution is localized to central Chile, in the closeness of the river mouth of the Maipo River.
Prefers coastal rocks in central Chile, both granitic and sandstone, commonly in the spray zone, but up to 100 m a.s.l. It grows on semi-exposed crevices facing towards the ocean, but most commonly completely sun-exposed.
The species has been proposed for the Chilean national conservation initiative, categorized as Data deficient.
Populational trends are unknown.
HENSSEN A (1963) Eine Revision der Flechtenfamilien Lichinaceae und Ephebaceae. Symbolae Botanicae Upsalienses 18(1):1-123