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The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Puya alpestris (Poepp.) Gay subsp. zoellneri (Mez) Zizka

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

Place of Publication

Brittonia 65 (4): 293 (2013)

Type citation

“Chile. Region V: Viña del Mar, Camino El Olivar, 70°65015’W, 33°43773’S, 300 m a.s.l., 10 Dec 2006, G. Zizka 8004” (holotype:FR-0028991). (Figs. 1, 2)


Conservation status

  • Least Concern (Zizka et al. (2009))


  • Zizka et al. (2013): Fig.2
  • Habit

    Perennial with a dense rosette, flowering stems 2.5-5 m tall. Flowering between October and December.

    Key characteristics

    This subsp. has flowering stems 2.5-5 m tall (these are only 1.2-1.5 m tall in subsp. alpestris), it also differs in having leaf blades up to 50 mm (35-25 mm in subsp. alpestris) and a dense inflorescence with 50-80 branches instead of only 20 in subsp. alpestris.


    Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana, Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins and Maule

    Distribution and habitat

    Distributed in north and central Chile from ca. 75 km north of La Serena, Incahuasi (Region Coquimbo) to Termas del Flaco (Region O'Higgins); from sea level to 2200 m. It is especially abundant between Valparaiso and Santiago. It typically grows in stony, arid habitats (Zizka et al., 2013).


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    • Zizka et al. (2013)

      Zizka, G. , Schneider, J.V. , Schulte, K. and Novoa, P. 2013. Taxonomic revision of the Chilean Puya species (Puyoideae, Bromeliaceae), with special notes on the Puya alpestris-Puya berteroniana species complex. Brittonia 65 (4), 387-407.

    • 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