Puya compacta


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Puya compacta
Species Authority: L.B.Sm.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A4c 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 known from four subpopulations in the wet southern paramos. This Puya species only reproduces sexually which makes the species more susceptible to population decreases caused by fires set by humans, conversion of forest to croplands and reforestation with Pinus radiata. Not know to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network, but may occur in similar habitats inside the Parque Nacional Cajas. In 1997 the IUCN classified the species as Endangered (Walter and Gillett 1998). Now, with more available information, the Critically Endangered category is suggested.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Puya compacta is endemic to Ecuador. It is known from four subpopulations in Azuay and Loja provinces.
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: High altitude, humid paramos (2,500–4,000 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss through fires set by humans, conversion of forest to croplands and reforestation with Pinus radiata.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur within any protected areas.

Citation: Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N. 2003. Puya compacta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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