Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Bromeliales Bromeliaceae

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

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. One subpopulation has been recorded in the northern paramos of Sucumbios province, while the other ten are from the southern wet paramos. The species' sexual reproduction limits the number of individuals per subpopulation. Six subpopulations occur inside the Parque Nacional Podocarpus and the species is protected inside a large area of Cerro Toledo. The principal threat is fires set by people. In 1997 the species was listed as Endangered but due to is wide distribution it is now assessed as Least Concern category. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1998 Endangered (E)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Puya maculata is endemic to Ecuador. It is widely distributed in Azuay, Loja, Morona-Santiago and Sucumbios provinces.
Countries occurrence:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction is the only threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Known to occur within protected areas.

Citation: Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N. 2003. Puya maculata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43309A10793303. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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