Aechmea gracilis Lindm.

Rosette small, erect, cylindrical. Leaves few, 50-70 cm long, 3-4 cm wide, broadly rounded with a short spined tip; green with a purple-tinged sheath; margins almost entire. Scape slender, slightly woolly; inflorescence simple or fewbranched, pyramidal, few-flowered; bracts spined, red; flowers stalkless, spreading, the 2.5 cm long sepals united at the base; petals blue, often darker at the tip.

A. gracilis 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.