Aechmea lueddemanniana (Koch) Brongn.

Rosette large, upright. Leaves to 70 cm long, 4-7 cm wide; sheath with green underside, upperside brown scaled; blade dark green becoming bronze in strong light, margins shortly toothed. Scape upright, not longer than the leaves. Inflorescence paniculate, narrowly pyramidal, loose, white scaled; sepals green with a brown tip; petals blue. Fruit initially white berries turning purple or blue, long lasting.

A. lueddemanniana is in the subgenus Podaechmea (Group 1).

Mexico to Honduras

Needs warmth in winter. Popular with botanic gardens but rare in private collections.

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.

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