Chilean Puya

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Chilean Puya

Post Number:#1  Postby Minime8484 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:37 pm

I just returned from Chile, and I was lucky enough to be there while three species of Puya were in bloom.
Puya alpestris ssp zoellneri (formerly referred to in error as P. berteroniana)
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Puya alpestris ssp zoellneri - flowers
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Puya coerulea var. monteroana
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Puya coerulea var. monteroana - flowers
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Puya venusta
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Puya venusta - flowers
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Additionally, this plant was a favorite of the Giant Hummingbirds, but I've not a clue what it's not a Puya, but thought it may be in the same Family?
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Patagona gigas
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Any ID assistance is appreciated!
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Re: Chilean Puya

Post Number:#2  Postby Azuleja » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:46 pm

Cool photos! I'm not good at identifying them, but I think puya are awesome.
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Re: Chilean Puya

Post Number:#3  Postby Gee.S » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:18 pm

Terrific photos, thanks for posting!
"American aloe plant," 1797, from Greek Agaue, proper name in mythology (mother of Pentheus), from agauos "noble," perhaps from agasthai "wonder at".

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Re: Chilean Puya

Post Number:#4  Postby Geoff » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:09 pm

Last plant the hummingbirds liked is Phormium tenax (New Zealand flax- not a native of Chile obviously). Those three plants were definitely the more recognizable of the Puyas growing here in California, though the subspecies names were not familiar. There are many 'forms' of Puya alpestris here in botanical gardens though never seen one keyed down past species, and that Puya coerulea with the thin purple flowers looks like what is usually identified here as Puya coerulea var. violacea.
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Re: Chilean Puya

Post Number:#5  Postby Minime8484 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:07 am

Thanks for the ID of the Phorium!.

For my taxonomy, I follow the most recent treatment of taxa (at least that I am aware of) from 2013 [Taxonomic revision of the Chilean Puya species (Puyoideae,
Bromeliaceae), with special notes on the Puya alpestris-Puya berteroniana species complex]; flower structure (bract and pedicel lengths) of the P. coerulea fit var. monteroana much more so than var violacea. Locality fit as well, though the two are very close.
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