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Genus: Wallisia

Wallisia is a genus of the subfamily Tillandsioideae. It is named in honor of Gustav Wallis (1830-1878), German gardener and botanical explorer in Central and South America who collected the type specimen plant in Brazil. Wallisia was resurrected to genus status during the collaborative multi-locus DNA sequence phylogeny and morphology study and taxonomic revision of the Tillandsioideae subfamily. (Barfuss et al. 2016. Phytotaxa 279(1): 001-097). The genus contains five species, all formerly part of genus Tillandsia.

Number of accepted species in this genus is 5 (source: species counts in the Encyclopaedia of Bromeliads).
Wallisia pretiosa Photo by Andrew Flower

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