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Acanthostachys strobilacea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Genus: Acanthostachys

Acanthostachys is a genus of the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae. The genus name is from the Greek “acanthos” (thorny, spiny) and “stachys” (a flower spike).[1][2][3]


There are two known species, both endemic to South America:[1]

  1. Acanthostachys pitcairnioides (Mez) Rauh & Barthlott (distribution : Northeast Brazil)
  2. Acanthostachys strobilacea (Schultes f.) Klotzsch (distribution : Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina)


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Forzza, R. C. 2010. Lista de espécies Flora do Brasil Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
  3. ^ Smith, L.B. & R. J. Downs. 1979. Bromelioideae (Bromeliaceae), Part III. Flora Neotropica, Monograph 14(3): 1493–2142.

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