Aechmea bromeliifolia (Rudge) Baker

Rosette tubular or urn-shaped; leaves to 80 cm long, 4-9 cm wide, grey-green, with a short spined tip or notched, margins with stout, hooked spines. Inflorescence simple, densely white woolly, longer than the leaves, with a dense cone-like spike of flowers; bracts shorter than the sepals, pink. Flowers stalkless; petals greenish-yellow to white turning black.

A. bromeliifolia is in the subgenus Macrochordion (Group 7)

Central America to South America

var. albobracteata Philcox Bracts white, not pink. (Sometimes incorrectly named A. leucolepis).

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.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Poales
family       Bromeliaceae
genus        Aechmea Ruiz & Pav.