Puya aequatorialis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Puya aequatorialis
Species Authority: Andrè

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A terrestrial bromeliad endemic to Ecuador where it is widely distributed in the inter-Andean valley. Its reproductive system allows the species to form dense stands along creeks and in xerophytic valleys and it is cultivated as a living fence due to its spiny leaves. One record is from the Reserva Geobotánica Pululahua. The only threat to the species are fires set by people. In 1997 the species was assessed as Endangered; now, with more information available, the Least Concern category is suggested.
1997 Endangered (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Puya aequatorialis is endemic to Ecuador. It is widely distributed in Azuay, Carchi, Imbabura, Loja and Pichincha provinces.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Dry coastal forest to dry Andean vegetation (500–4,000 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The only threat to the species are fires set by people.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Known to occur within protected areas.

Citation: Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N. 2003. Puya aequatorialis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 February 2015.
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