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Genus: Puya

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

About 168 species, native to the highlands of South America. Six species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Puya chilensis (Chagual)

Native to Chile.

 

Puya ferruginea (Achupalla)

Native from Ecuador to Bolivia.

 

Puya laxa

Native to Bolivia.

 

Puya macrura

Native to Peru.

 

Puya mirabilis

Native from Bolivia to Argentina.

 

Puya spathacea (Chaguar del burro)

Native to Argentina.

 

Publications

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

 

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