Aechmea coelestis (Koch) Morren

Rosette slender, upright. Leaves to 60 cm long, 5 cm wide, stiff, grey scaled, sometimes banded beneath; tip broadly pointed or rounded, margins with short brown spines. Scape upright, slender, white woolly. Inflorescence paniculate, 10-12 cm long, white woolly with red spine-tipped bracts. Flowers stalkless with blue petals and small pink floral bracts; sepals united for one third of their length, woolly, greenish-pink; ovary white woolly.

A. coelestis is in the subgenus Ortgiesia (Group 4)


var. albo-marginata M.B. Foster is distinctive with leaves having a defined white marking and is more common in cultivation.

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.

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