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The Endemic Plants of Chile – an Annotated Checklist

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Puya venusta Phil.

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

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))

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.


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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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.


  • 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.