Rosette dense, funnel-shaped. Leaves to 40 cm, spreading; sheath brown-scaled, blades green; margins finely toothed, tip sharply pointed. Scape hairless, slender, shorter than the leaves, red. Inflorescence paniculate, pyramidal. Flowers stalkless; floral bracts very small; sepals red; petals small, blue.
A. miniata is in the subgenus Lamprococcus (Group 2).
var. discolor (Beer) Baker has shiny leaves with red undersides and is the form more commonly seen in cultivation. Very similar to A. fulgens var. discolor but differs due to the shiny leaves and more compact inflorescence. See comments under A. fulgens.
Source: (2005). Bromeliaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.