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Cryptanthus zonatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Genus: Cryptanthus
Otto & A.Dietr.
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Cryptanthus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae. The genus name is from the Greek cryptos (hidden) and anthos (flower). This genus has two recognized subgenera: the type subgenus and Hoplocryptanthus Mez. All species of this genus are endemic to Brazil.[1][2] The common name for any Cryptanthus is "Earth star".[3]



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