Flora of Paraíba State, Brazil: Aechmea Ruiz & Pav. (Bromeliaceae)
Keywords:Bromelioideae, conservation, flora, northeastern Brazil, taxonomy
AbstractAbstract: Aechmea is one of the largest genera of Bromeliaceae, having more than 250 species, and Brazil is its principal center of endemism. We taxonomically examined the species of Aechmea encountered in Paraíba State in northeastern Brazil. Our analyses were based on specimens collected during the present study, as well as examinations of local and regional herbaria collections. Eleven species were encountered to State: Aechmea aquilega, A. chrysocoma, A. costantinii, A. emmerichiae, A. eurycorymbus, A. fulgens, A. leptantha, A. mertensii, A. nudicaulis, A. patentissima, and A. werdermannii. Of those taxa, seven are endemic to northeastern Brazil and five are included within one of the threatened categories according to IUCN criteria, two of them being "endangered" and "critically endangered". We include here a key to the identification of the species, a list of the materials examined, commentaries concerning the taxonomic affinities of the species based on morphological characters, data concerning their geographic distributions, flowering, fruiting, inferences concerning their conservation statuses, as well as images and drawings indicating their principal characteristics.
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Silva, T. de S., Wanderley, M. das G. L., & Melo, J. I. M. de. (2018). Flora of Paraíba State, Brazil: Aechmea Ruiz & Pav. (Bromeliaceae). Biota Neotropica, 18(3). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/1531