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Wittmackia patentissima
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Genus: Wittmackia

Wittmackia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae.[1]

The genus name of Wittmackia is in honour of Ludwig Wittmack (1839–1929), a German botanist.[2] The genus was first described and published in C.F.P.von Martius & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Bras. Vol.3 (Issue 3) on page 274 in 1891.[1]

Its native range stretches down from Mexico, through Central America to Tropical America, including parts of the Caribbean. They are found in Bahamas, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, French Guiana, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Panamá, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks-Caicos Islands, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles and Windward Islands.[1]

Known species[edit]

As of November 2022, Kew's Plants of the World Online listed the following species:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Wittmackia Mez". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  2. ^ Burkhardt, Lotte (2018). Verzeichnis eponymischer Pflanzennamen – Erweiterte Edition [Index of Eponymic Plant Names – Extended Edition] (pdf) (in German). Berlin: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Freie Universität Berlin. doi:10.3372/epolist2018. ISBN 978-3-946292-26-5. S2CID 187926901. Retrieved 1 January 2021.