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Puya venusta Phil.

Place of Publication

Fl. Atacam: 4 (1860a)

Type citation

In der Nähe von Coquimbo”, Philippi 940; (Lectotype, designated by Smith & Looser, 1935: B; photo of B specimen: G, GH).


Common names

  • chagual chico, chagualillo (Zizka et al. (2009))


  • Philippi R.A. (1895b)

    Philippi, R.A. 1895b. Plantas nuevas Chilenas de las familais que corresponden al tomo V de la obra de Gay. Anales de la Universidad de Chile 91: 5-47, 105-160, 243-275, 415-432, 487-526, 607-635

  • Smith & Downs (1974)

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

  • Hechenleitner et al. (2005)

    Hechenleitner, P. , Gardner, M.F. , Thomas, P.I. , Echeverría, C , Escobar, B. , Brownless, P. and Martínez A., C. 2005. Plantas amenazadas del centro-sur de Chile: distribución, conservación y propagación, 1a edición. Valdivia: Trama Impresores S.A

  • 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. (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.


Coquimbo and Valparaíso

Distribution and habitat

Distributed from just north of Totoralillo (Region Coquimbo) to Cerro de la Cruz, Zapallar (Region Valparaiso), between 5 and 750 m above sea level. It grows in sandy or rocky areas, forming dense and extensive stands (Zizka et al., 2013).


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Conservation status

  • VU B1ab(iii) (Hechenleitner et al. (2005))


  • Smith & Downs (1974)


Caulescent with flowering stems 1.2–1.8 m high. Flowers between August and December.


Hybrids between P. venusta and P. chilensis have been observed at Zapallar (Zizka et al., 2009).

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