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Hechtia montana

Hechtia montana , Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Bromeliaceae
Subfamilia: Hechtioideae
Genus: Hechtia
Species: Hechtia montana

Hechtia montana Brandegee, Erythea 7: 9 (1899).
Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Mexico
NW. Mexico

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Brandegee, T.S., 1899. Erythea 7: 9.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Hechtia montana in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Jun 26. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Hechtia montana. Published online. Accessed: Jun 26 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Hechtia montana in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Jun 26. 2019. Hechtia montana. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 26 Jun 2019.

Vernacular names

Hechtia montana is a species of plant in the genus Hechtia. This species is endemic to Mexico.

The Latin specific epithet montana refers to mountains or coming from mountains.[1]

The plant is used as a traditional food source in Sonora, Mexico; the Guarijío call it hichiconi and roast the rosettes, eating them much like an artichoke, while the Tarahumara are said to give it the name chikani and eat the leaves raw year-round.[2]

Archibald William Smith A Gardener's Handbook of Plant Names: Their Meanings and Origins, p. 239, at Google Books

Felger, Richard S. (2000). "Roasting the Hechtia out of it: The use of Hechtia montana (Bromeliaceae) as a Food Plant in Sonora, Mexico". Economic Botany. 54 (2): 229–233.

Espejo-Serna, Adolfo; López-Ferrari, Ana Rosa; Ramírez-morillo, Ivón; Holst, Bruce K.; Luther, Harry E.; Till, Walter (1 June 2004). "Checklist of Mexican Bromeliaceae with Notes on Species Distribution and Levels of Endemism". Selbyana. 25 (1): 33–86. ISSN 2689-0682. JSTOR 41760147.

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