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Genus: Cryptanthus

Cryptanthus is a genus of the subfamily Bromelioideae. The genus name is from the Greek words cryptos (hidden) and anthos (flower). In 2017, thirty species were transferred into three new genera - Forzzaea, Hoplocryptanthus and Rokauksykia - based on morphological and phylogenetic studies (Leme, Heller, Zizka & Halbritter. 2017). All species of Cryptanthus are endemic to Brazil where they grow as terrestrials, mainly on shaded, moist, forest floors. The common horticultural name for a Cryptanthus is Earth Star.

Number of accepted species in this genus is 67 (source: species counts in the Encyclopaedia of Bromeliads).
Cryptanthus capitatus Photo by Larry Giroux

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