Puya nutans


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

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

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
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 forms dense groups in the paramos of Azuay province covering large areas. Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network. The principal threats are fire and the conversion of forest to pine plantations or croplands. In the 1997 Red List the species was assessed as Endangered; now, with more information, it is reassessed as Near Threatened. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.
1997 Endangered (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Puya nutans is endemic to Ecuador. It is known from five subpopulations in Azuay, Loja and Morona-Santiago provinces.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Humid paramos (3,000–4,500 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The principal threats are fire and the conversion of forest to pine plantations or croplands.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur within any protected areas.
Citation: Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N. 2003. Puya nutans. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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