ISI 2015-39. Puya gilmartiniae G.S.Varad & A.R.Flores

This is a more compact and somewhat spinier version of the related P. chilensis. Like that species, its inflorescence branches have sterile tips that provide convenient perches for bird pollinators. P. gilmartiniae, however, is more restricted in distribution and is considered to be critically endangered, due to development of its benign coastal habitat. We offer plants from seed collected under permit by Rachel Schmidt-Jabaily (RSJ 169) while studying the genus for her doctoral work. HBG 103946, from seed sown Sept 16, 2008, collected Dec, 2006, N of La Serena, Coquimbo Region, Elqui Province, Chile. $17.

overview in habitat

Photo © 2015 by Pablo Guerrero. Images may not be used elsewhere without permission.

Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 87 (3), May - June, 2015