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Genus: Vriesea

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 195 species closely related to Tillandsia and Guzmania and native to Mexico, Central America, South America and the West Indies. Twenty-two species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Vriesea carinata

Native to Brazil.


Vriesea cereicola

Native to Peru.


Vriesea didistichoides

Native from Mexico to Venezuela.


Vriesea fosteriana


Vriesea gigantea

Native to Brazil.


Vriesea glutinosa

Native to Trinidad.


Vriesea harmsiana

Native to Peru.


Vriesea heliconioides

Native from Mexico to Brazil.


Vriesea heterostachys

Native to Brazil.


Vriesea incurvata

Native to Brazil.


Vriesea inflata

Native to Brazil.


Vriesea jonghei

Native from Trinidad to Brazil.


Vriesea lubbersii

Native to Brazil.


Vriesea platynema


Vriesea poenulata

Native to Brazil.


Vriesea psittacina

Native to Brazil and Paraguay.


Vriesea racinae

Native to Brazil.


Vriesea robusta

Native to Colombia and Venezuela.


Vriesea saundersii

Native to Brazil.


Vriesea scalaris

Native to Venezuela and Brazil.


Vriesea tequendamae

Native from Venezuela to Peru.


Vriesea unilateralis

Native to Brazil.



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


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