Aechmea fulgens Brongn.

Rosette dense, tubular, funnel-shaped. Leaves to 40 cm long, 4-5 cm wide, strapshaped, green, sometimes lightly banded on the underside; margins with very small spines. Scape hairless, reddish. Inflorescence paniculate, pyramidal, branched at the base. Flowers stalkless; sepals hairless, red; petals dark purple-blue, turning red.

A. fulgens is in the subgenus Lamprococcus (Group 2).


var. discolor (C. Morren) Baker has red undersides to the leaves and is the most common form in cultivation.

There are many hybrids between A. fulgens and A. miniata. True species of either are rarely found.

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.

Aechmea fulgens 'Royal Wine'

Medium. Soft leaves, green on top, purple beneath. Inflorescence semi-pendent, purple petals, orange ovary.

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