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Genus: Aechmea

Aechmea is a genus of the subfamily Bromelioideae. The name comes from the Greek word aichme (a spear). Aechmea has eight subgenera, with species distributed from Mexico through South America. Most of the species in this genus are epiphytes, but many are terrestrial and lithophytes (rock dwellers).

Number of accepted species in this genus is 243 (source: species counts in the Encyclopaedia of Bromeliads).
Aechmea carvalhoi Photo by Eric Gouda


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