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Encholirium ctenophyllum

This new species of bromeliad, with comb-like leaves, was discovered during conservation-based fieldwork in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Encholirium ctenophyllum

Encholirium ctenophyllum

Species information

Scientific name: 

Encholirium ctenophyllum Forzza & Zappi

Conservation status: 

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


Campos rupestres (montane subtropical savanna), at 1,000 to 1,200 m above sea level, on or amongst inclined arenitic/quartzitic rocks.

Known hazards: 

The leaves of this species have long spines at the edges.


Genus: Encholirium

About this species

Encholirium ctenophyllum is a newly discovered species of bromeliad with comb-like leaves, and occurs in a very specific habitat, within an area of less than 10 km2. The population of this species is just 10 to 12 km away from another new species (E. agavoides). 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).


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