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Ochagavia carnea (Beer) L.B.Sm. & Looser

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Ochagavia >
  3. Family: Bromeliaceae

Place of Publication

Revista Univ. (Santiago) 18(8): 1078 (1934)

Type citation

Lectotype (designated by Smith & Downs 1979:1533). Based on description and illustration of Bromelia longifolia Lindl.


Conservation status

  • Vulnerable (Zizka et al. (2009))


  • Smith & Downs (1979): Fig. 491
  • Descriptions

    • Smith & Downs (1979)
    • Zizka et al. (2002)


    Rosette-forming. Stem 16 to over 25 cm long and 2.5-5 cm in diameter.

    Key characteristics

    Leaf blades (40-)50-80(-120) cm long, sparsely lepidote (with few scales) to almost glabrous beneath. The latter character makes it easily distinguished from all other species of this Chilean endemic genus. The size of the plant is usually distinctly larger than the other Ochagavea species (Zizka, 2002)


    Valparaíso, Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, Maule, Biobío, Araucanía and Ñuble

    Distribution and habitat

    From Valparaiso (Valparaiso Region) to Malleco (Araucania Region), 200-1080 m elevation. Occurring in both the Coastal Cordillera and the Andes where it grows as an understorey plant of woodlands and in ravines, especially near riverbanks.


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    Seed of this species is banked by the national seed bank of Chile, INIA.


    • Zizka et al. (2009)

      Zizka , G. , Schmidt, M. , Schulte, K. , Nova, P. , Pinto, R. and König, K. 2009. Chilean Bromeliaceae: diversity, distribution and evaluation of conservation status. Biodiversity and Conservation 18: 2449-2471

    • Zizka et al. (2002)

      Zizka, G. , Trumpler, K and Zöllner, O 2002. Revision of the genus Ochagavia (Bromeliaceae, Bromelioideae). Willdenowia 32:331–350

    • Smith & Looser (1934)

      Smith, L.B. and Looser, G. 1934. Notas sobre las Bromeliáceas Chilenas. Revista Universitaria (Santiago) 18(8)

    • Smith & Downs (1979)

      Smith, L.B. and Downs, P.J. 1979. Flora Neotropica Monograph 14(3) Bromelioideae (Bromeliaceae)