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Genus: Puya

Puya is a genus of the subfamily Pitcairnioideae. The name Puya was derived from the Mapuche Indian word meaning \"point\". These terrestrial plants are native to the Andes Mountains of South America and southern Central America. Many of the species are monocarpic, with the parent plant dying after one blooming and seed production event. The species Puya raimondii is notable as the largest species of bromeliaceae known, reaching 3 m tall in vegetative growth with an inflorescence spike 9 to 10 m tall. The genus is divided into two subgenera, Puya and Puyopsis, which can be distinguished by the presence of a sterile inflorescence at the branch apex in Puya, which are fertile in Puyopsis.

Number of accepted species in this genus is 228 (source: species counts in the Encyclopaedia of Bromeliads).
Puya angelensis Photo by Jose Manzanares

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