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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Bromeliaceae
Subfamilia: Bromelioideae
Genus: Acanthostachys
Species: A. pitcairnioides – A. strobilacea
Source(s) of checklist:

Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acanthostachys in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Nov 23. Reference page.


Acanthostachys Link, Klotzsch & Otto, Icon. Pl. Rar. 1: 21, t. 9. (1840)

Type species: Acanthostachys strobilacea (Schult. & Schult.f.) Klotzsch in J.H.F.Link, J.F.Klotzsch & C.F.Otto, Icon. Pl. Rar. 1: 22 (1841)


Acanthostachys Link, Klotzsch & Otto Icones Plantarum Rariorum 1: 22. (1841)


Link, J.H.F., Klotzsch, J.F. & Otto, C.F. (1840) Icones Plantarum Rariorum Horti Regii Botanici Berolinensis 1: 21, t. 9.
Farr, E.R. & Zijlstra, G. (eds.) 1996 onwards. Acanthostachys in Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum). Accessed: 2014 Sept 06.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2014. Acanthostachys in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2014 Sept 06. Reference page. 2014. Acanthostachys. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 6 Sept. 2014.
International Plant Names Index. 2014. Acanthostachys. Published online. Accessed: Sept. 6 2014.


Butcher, D. & Gouda, E.: The New Bromeliad Taxon List. A constantly updated list of current Bromeliad names and synonyms.

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 three known species, all endemic to South America:[1][4]

Acanthostachys pitcairnioides (Mez) Rauh & Barthlott (distribution : Northeast Brazil)
Acanthostachys calcicola Marcusso & Lombardi (distribution : central Brazil)
Acanthostachys strobilacea (Schultes f.) Klotzsch (distribution : Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina)


Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Forzza, R. C. 2010. Lista de espécies Flora do Brasil "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-20.. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Smith, L.B. & R. J. Downs. 1979. Bromelioideae (Bromeliaceae), Part III. Flora Neotropica, Monograph 14(3): 1493–2142.
Marcusso, Gabriel Mendes; Monro, Alexandre K.; Melo, Pablo Hendrigo Alves De; Lombardi, Julio Antonio (2020-11-23). "Acanthostachys calcicola (Bromeliaceae, Bromelioideae), a new species from a limestone outcrop in Tocantins State, Brazil". Phytotaxa. 472 (2): 201–206. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.472.2.10. ISSN 1179-3163.

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