Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Bromeliales Bromeliaceae

Scientific Name: Puya eryngioides
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 wet paramos in the southern Andes, forming dense groups joined by short underground stolons. One subpopulation occurs in the Parque Nacional Podocarpus. The principal threats are fires set by people and conversion of forest to pine plantations or croplands. Classified as Vulnerable in 1997; now, with more available information, the Least Concern category is suggested. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1998 Vulnerable (V)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Puya eryngioides is widely distributed in Azuay, Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: high altitude, humid paramos (2,500–3,500 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The principal threats are fires set by people and conversion of forest to pine plantations or croplands.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Known to occur within protected areas.

Citation: Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N. 2003. Puya eryngioides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43306A10792856. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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