Hohenbergiopsis guatemalensis 
  • (L.B.Sm.) L.B.Sm. & Read, Phytologia 33: 440 (1976)

This taxon is accepted by WCS higher taxonomy

General Description

Plant flowering 5-6 dm high. Leaf-blades ligulate, broadly acute with a slender, involute, 1 cm long apiculus, 8 cm wide, flat, minutely pale-lepidote on both sides, subdensely serrate with spines 1.5 mm long. Scape erect, stout, densely flocculose; scapebracts erect, densely imbricate, amply elliptic, acuminate, pungent, obscurely punctulate-lepidote. Inflorescence bipinnate, densely cylindric, 2 dm long, or tripinnate with several digitate long axes; axis stout, alate-angled, brownish-flocculose; primary bracts like the scape-bracts but much smaller, the lowest much exceeding the spikes; spikes stout ellipsoid, very densely strobilate, 3 cm long at anthesis, many-flowered. Floral bracts long-acuminate from a suborbicular base, 18 mm long, 12 mm wide, rather thin, obscurely nerved, brown, soon glabrous, slightly carinate toward apex; flowers sessile. Sepals ovate, strongly mucronate, 4-8 mm long; petal-blades elliptic, purple; ovary obconic, small; placentae apical; ovules long-caudate; fruit much enlarged from the ovary.


Epiphytic, 1500-1800 m alt.


Mexico(?), Guatemala.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Northern America Mexico Mexico Southeast
  • Mexico Southwest
  • Southern America Central America Guatemala


  • 1 Espejo-Serna, A., López-Ferrari, A.R., Martínez-Correa, N. & Pulido-Esparza, V.A. (2007). Bromeliad flora of Oaxaca, Mexico: richness and distribution. Acta Botanica Mexicana 81: 71-147. Instituto de Ecología A.C..
  • 2 Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 3 Smith, L.B. & Downs, R.J. Bromeliaceae (Pitcairnioideae). Flora Neotropica Monograph 14(3), 1493-2142 (New York: Hafner Press.: 1979).

 Information From

WCS higher taxonomy
World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
WCSP 2014. 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/ Retrieved 2011 onwards
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