Aechmea distichantha Lem.

Rosette dense, upright. Leaves to 1 m long, stiff, erect, pungent-pointed, dull dark green with grey scales, margins with stout brown spines. Scape slender, white woolly, bracts rose-pink. Inflorescence compound, pyramidal. Flowers arranged in 2 ranks (rows) with white to blue or purple petals; sepals rose-pink, white woolly with a pungent tip.

A. distichantha is in the subgenus Platyaechmea (Group 5)

South America.

A robust hardy plant that grows well outdoors, suckers freely.

Related cultivar: 'Burgundy' A large open vase, dark purple spiny leaves. Inflorescence erect, burgundy and white-coloured.

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.