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Bromelia serra - Griseb.

Common Name Bayonet bromeliad
Family Bromeliaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A terrestrial herb that grows in the understory of Chaco and Cerrado woodlands and often forms the ground layer together with other bromeliads and cacti such as: the firecracker cactus or scarlet bugler (Cleistocactus baumanii) and Aechmea distichantha,
Range S. America - central Brazil and Bolivia to Paraguay and northern Argentina.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Bromelia serra Bayonet bromeliad


Mrs. Edwina Pfendbach.
Bromelia serra Bayonet bromeliad
Mrs. Edwina Pfendbach.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Bromelia serra is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Bromelia lindmanii Mez Karatas laciniosa Lindm. Karatas serra (Griseb.) Burkill Rhodostachys argentina Baker

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Shoots  Stem
Edible Uses:

Very young shoots[317 ]. The stem is roasted and eaten, and the fruit is boiled to obtain a thick syrup.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

A fibre called 'Caraguata fibre' is obtained from the leaves[46 , 317 , 454 ]. It is used in S. America for making hammocks, sacks, sails etc, and has been recommended as a source of fibre for making paper[46 , 454 ]. Useful in an ornamental border or as a groundcover. A good ground cover in xeric gardens

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Agroforestry Services: Living fence  Industrial Crop: Fiber  Management: Standard  Regional Crop

A plant of the semi-arid tropics and subtropics[200 ]. Requires a well-drained soil and a position in full sun[200 ]. This species will grows on rocks or on top of the ground but it will grow faster if rooted in well drained soil.

Carbon Farming

  • Agroforestry Services: Living fence  Simply managed rows of shrubs and trees.
  • Industrial Crop: Fiber  Clothing, rugs, sheets, blankets etc. Currently, almost none of our fiber are produced from perennial crops but could be!
  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Caraguata, Chaguar, Doidie, Jwiyi, Karaguata, Khayara, Wiye

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Central America, Guiana, Paraguay, South America

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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