Acanthostachys Klotsch

Greek akanthos – spine; stachys – ear of corn, referring to the form of the inflorescence.

Epiphytic herb, spreading by basal rhizomes that become pendulous. Leaves few to 1 m, covered with white scales beneath, less so above, linear, arching, narrow, deeply channelled dark green to brown, stiff, margins inrolled, toothed. Inflorescence simple, dense, cone-shaped, 3-7 cm long, with a tuft of small, sterile bracts at the tip; floral bracts stalkless, spreading at the tip, orange to red; sepals bright yellow; petals erect, yellow; ovary inferior to partially superior. Fruit a yellow berry.

A genus containing 2 species. A. strobilacea (Schultes) Klotzsch; it is sometimes called Poorman's Pineapple, but is inedible.

2 species from Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina.

Easy to cultivate, popular in cultivation, especially well suited to use in hanging baskets.

The stiff, arching channelled leaves and the cone-shaped small fruiting head resembling a pineapple.

Source: Christensen, T.; Butcher, D. (2005). Bromeliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Poales
family       Bromeliaceae