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AGUIRRE-SANTORO, JULIAN  and  BETANCUR, JULIO. Synopsis of Aechmea (Bromeliaceae) for Colombia. Caldasia [online]. 2008, vol.30, n.2, pp.265-288. ISSN 0366-5232.

A synopsis of Aechmea (Bromeliaceae: Bromelioideae) for Colombia is presented, including the genus description, an artificial identification key and an annotated list of the species. Comments about the growth habit, conservation, and geographical and altitudinal distribution of the species are included. Forty four species of Aechmea are recorded for Colombia, nine of them endemic: A. anomala, A. nivea, A. stenosepala, A. subpetiolata, and five species new to science. Most of the species grow in wet lowlands forests of Amazonia (58% of the species) and the Andess (51%), and are concentrated in the following subregions: Amazonian plain (51%), mountain ranges of the Guayana shield (30%), Andean slopes of Magdalena River (33%) and Eastern Andes (30%). The altitudinal distribution of the species ranges from sea level to 2400 m, but the greatest diversity is found below 800 m.

Keywords : Aechmea; Bromeliaceae; Bromelioideae; Colombia; Neotropical plants.

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