The puya genus contains about terrestrial plants 230 species, native to the Andes mountains of South America and southern Central America. Many of the species are monocarpic, meaning the parent plant dies after flower and seed production event. Most Puyas have long, spiked leaves that form in a round, ball-like rosette.
Name Derivation: derived from the Mapuche Indian word meaning "point"
Puya is in the family Bromeliaceae.