Aechmea gamosepala Wittm.

Rosette dense, funnel-shaped, upright. Leaves 25-50 cm long, 3-5 cm wide, glossy green above, pale scaled beneath; broadly rounded with a short spined tip; margins almost entire or with a few small spines near the tip. Inflorescence simple, cylindrical, many-flowered, on a slender green scape; floral bracts narrowly triangular, spine tipped, entire. Flowers to 1.5 cm, purplish-red, stalkless, sepals united for half their length, red; petals blue to purple.

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


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.