Aechmea orlandiana L.B.Sm.

Rosette funnel-shaped. Leaves 30-50 cm long, 6-8 cm wide, green with violet to black zig-zag cross banding and mottling; margins with prominent coarse, brown teeth. Scape upright, arching, red. Inflorescence paniculate, dense; bracts red. Flowers pale yellow.

A. orlandiana is in the subgenus Aechmea (Group 3).


Requires some warmth in winter.

Related cultivars: ‘Bert’ Medium. Upright vase, grey-green leaves with dark chocolate, bands irregular. Slim pendent inflorescence, orange bracts, yellow petals. Common in cultivation.  ‘Ensign’ Leaves with white longitudinal stripes.

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.