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Genus: Dyckia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Bromeliaceae

Over 100 species of rosette-forming, stemless, evergreen succulents, native to South America where they are found mainly in rocky areas near the coast and in the mountains. Ten species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Dyckia brevifolia

Native to Brazil.


Dyckia choristaminea

Native to Brazil.


Dyckia distachya

Native to Brazil and Paraguay.


Dyckia encholirioides

Native to Brazil.


Dyckia floribunda (Chaguar)

Native to Argentina.


Dyckia fosteriana

Native to Brazil.


Dyckia frigida

Native to Brazil.


Dyckia goiana

Native to Brazil.


Dyckia remotiflora

Native from Brazil to Argentina.


Dyckia velascana

Native to Argentina.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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