Dyckia braunii 
  • Rauh, J. Bromeliad Soc. 40: 25 (1990)

This taxon is accepted by WCS higher taxonomy

General Description

Plant stemless, somewhat bulbous at the base, growing singly or forming loose groups, flowering up to 70 cm high. Leaves few, forming a flat rosette up to 9 cm high and up to 20 cm, seldom 24 cm in diameter. Sheaths broad ovate, up to 2 cm high and 4 cm wide, white, brownish beneath. Blades narrow-triangular, 8-12 cm long, up to 3.5 cm wide at the base, tapering into a hard, pungent, brown tip, succulent, canaliculate, densely silver-gray lepidote on both sides, strongly nerved on the upper side, laxly serrate with curved, dark brown spines, up to 4 mm long; young blades erect, the elder ones curved back. Scape axillary, up to 50 cm long, reddish-brown, glabrous. Scape bracts: the basal ones subfoliate, the upper ones much shorter than the internodes, lanceolate, acute, soon drying off. Inflorescence 10-15 cm long, simple, rarely branched, with a glabrous, reddish-green rachis and 8-12 laxly arranged, sessile flowers. Floral bracts lanceolate, up to 4 mm long, acute, entire, greenish-brown, glabrous, much shorter than the sepals; these ecarinate, obtuse, bp to 7 mm long, 3 mm wide, orange-yellow, green tipped. Petals up to 1 cm long, ecarinate, obtuse, erect, orange-yellow. Stamens and style included at anthesis; anthers post-floral exserted; filaments white, 8 mm long, free above the short common tube. Style distinct, 1.7 mm long, much shorter than the stamens. Flowers odorless.

Diagnostic Description

It is related to Dyckia mamier-lapostollei, which is also distributed in the state of Goias, and grows in similar localities. D. braunii differs from it in the following characteristics: Plant not forming dense cushions as D. mamier-lapostollei, only loose groups. Rosettes smaller, only up to 20 cm, seldom 24 cm in diameter. Blades narrow-triangular, at the base only up to 3.5 cm wide, densely silver-gray (not white grayish) lepidote on both sides and strongly nerved on the upper side. Inflorescence 30-70 cm long. Flowers smaller, only up to 1 cm long, orange-yellow, not bright orange, odorless (not reminiscent of Trimethylamin). Petals erect; anthers exserted only after flowering.


on open ground among grasses and low scrub, 1400 m.


Southeastern Brazil: northern Serra Geral do Parana

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Brazil Brazil West-Central


  • 1 Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.
  • 2 Rauh, W. Dyckia braunii, a New, Attractive Species. J. Bromeliad Soc. 40, 25-26 (1990).

 Information From

WCS higher taxonomy
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