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The Endemic Plants of Chile – an Annotated Checklist

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Puya coerulea Lindl. var. intermedia (L.B.Sm. & Looser) L.B.Sm. & Looser,

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

Place of Publication

Phytologia 19: 287 (1970)

Type citation

“Chile, Colchagua, Baños de Cauquenes, 3–4 Apr 1931, G.Looser 2015” (holotype: GH).

Synonyms

Conservation status

  • Near Threatened (Zizka et al. (2009))

Descriptions

  • Smith & Downs (1974)

Habit

Flowering stems up to 2.3 m tall.

Key characteristics

The following key to the varieties of P. coerulea has been adapted from Zizka et al. (2013):

+ Flower bracts shorter than the flowers stalk = var. violacea

+ Flower bracts about as long as or longer than the flowers stalks

+ + Flower bracts exceeding the middle of the sepals = var. coerulea

+ + Flower bracts shorter than the middle of the sepals.

+ + + Inorescence densely & persistently white-tomentose = var. intermedia

+ + + Inflorescence hairless during flowering = var. monteroana

Regions

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

Distribution and habitat

Distributed from Quillota (Region Valparaiso) to Constitución (Region Maule) between sea level and 1100 m. It grows on stony hillslopes (Zizka et al., 2013).

Distribution

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References

  • 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

  • Smith (1970)

    Smith, L.B. 1970. Notes on Bromeliaceae, XXX. Phytologia 19: 281-290

  • Smith & Downs (1974)

    Smith, L.B. and Downs, R.J. 1974. Flora Neotropica Monograph 14 Pitcairnioideae (Bromeliaceae)