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This article covers the genus of Bromeliads. For the genus of Gastropods, see Canistrum.
Canistrum seidelianum 20090526.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Genus: Canistrum

Canistrum is a genus of the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae. The genus names is from the Greek “kanistron” (a kind of basket carried on the head). This genus is endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.[1][2] There are currently 22 recognized species divided into two subgenra: Canistrum and Cucullatanthus Leme.


  1. Canistrum alagoanum Leme & J.A. Siqueira - Alagoas
  2. Canistrum ambiguum (Wand. & Leme) Wand. & B.A.Moreira - Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
  3. Canistrum aurantiacum E. Morren - Alagoas, Pernambuco
  4. Canistrum auratum Leme - Bahia, Minas Gerais
  5. Canistrum camacaense Martinelli & Leme - Bahia
  6. Canistrum cyathiforme (Vell.) Mez - from Bahia to Santa Catarina
  7. Canistrum flavipetalum Wand. - Bahia
  8. Canistrum fosterianum L.B. Smith - Bahia
  9. Canistrum fragrans (Linden) Mabb
  10. Canistrum giganteum (Baker) L.B.Sm.
  11. Canistrum guzmanioides Leme - Bahia
  12. Canistrum improcerum Leme & J.A. Siqueira - Alagoas
  13. Canistrum lanigerum H. Luther & Leme - Bahia
  14. Canistrum montanum Leme - Bahia
  15. Canistrum paulistanum (Leme) Wand. & S.E.Martins - São Paulo
  16. Canistrum perplexum L.B.Sm. - São Paulo
  17. Canistrum pickelii (A. Lima & L.B. Smith) Leme & J.A. Siqueira - Pernambuco, Alagoas
  18. Canistrum sandrae Leme - Bahia
  19. Canistrum seidelianum W. Weber - Bahia
  20. Canistrum superbum (Lindm.) Mez - Rio de Janeiro to Santa Catarina
  21. Canistrum tenuisepalum (Leme) ined., - Minas Gerais
  22. Canistrum triangulare L.B. Smith & Reitz - Espírito Santo


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Fragments of the Atlantic Forest of Northeast Brazil: Biodiversity, Conservation and the Bromeliads by Jose Alves Siqueira Filho & Elton M.C. Leme, 2007 (Apr.) ISBN 85-88742-19-5

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