Guzmania lepidota (Andrè) Andrè ex Mez

Scaly Guzmania (Guzmania lepidota)

This epiphytic species is known only from the type collection that was found in 1876 in dense Andean forest at the base of the Pululahua volcano in the Pichincha Province of Evcuador.

The species has never been recorded since and is very likely extinct.


The Scaly Guzmania was superficially quite similar to the closely related Many-flowered Guzmania (Guzmania multiflora (André) André ex Mez) (see photo below), which is occurring in Colombia and Ecuador.


Many-flowered Guzmania (Guzmania multiflora)

Photo: coqwallon


edited: 25.02.2024