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Published: 2021-10-22

A new species of Werauhia (Bromeliaceae, Tillandsioideae) from the highlands of southern Central America

Escuela de Biología y Herbario USJ, Universidad de Costa Rica, 11501-2060 San Pedro de Montes de Oca, San José, Costa Rica.
National Herbarium of Trinidad and Tobago, Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Research Associate, Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63110 USA
Costa Rica Panama epiphytic bromeliad montane forest Talamanca Monocots


The authors describe and illustrate a new species of Tillandsioid epiphytic bromeliad, Werauhia talamancana, from the mountains of southern Central America. This new species is related to W. brunei by its smooth, lustrous and distichous floral bracts (not secund) at anthesis but differs from the latter by its larger flowers and brown-maroon floral bracts (versus greenish). This new species belongs to section Werauhia and is part of a group of species with spicate simple inflorescences with relatively large floral bracts.


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