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Encholirium agavoides

This striking new species of bromeliad was discovered during conservation-based fieldwork in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Encholirium agavoides

Encholirium agavoides

Species information

Scientific name: 

Encholirium agavoides Forzza & Zappi

Conservation status: 

Rated by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as Vulnerable (D2).

Habitat: 

Campos rupestres (montane subtropical savanna).

Known hazards: 

The leaves of this species are spiny at the edges.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Poales
Family: 
Bromeliaceae
Genus: Encholirium

About this species

Encholirium agavoides is a silver-leaved bromeliad which occurs in a very specific habitat, within an area of less than 10 km². The population of this species is just 10 - 12 km away from another new species (E. ctenophyllum). These two species are cut off from one another by the steep descent to the gorge of the Rio das Pedras. This river divides the municipalities of Santana de Pirapama (where E. agavoides is found) and Santana do Riacho (where E. ctenophyllum occurs).

Genus: 
Encholirium

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