Aechmea victoriana L.B.Sm.

Rosette dense, funnel-shaped. Leaves 30-45 cm long, 2-3 cm wide; sheath brown scaled; blade green with a sparse scale covering; strap-shaped, tapering to a pointed tip; margins finely serrate. Inflorescence simple on an erect scape, semi-pendulous, densely manyflowered. Flowers stalkless with blue to purple petals; resembling a string of beads in the bud stage prior to opening. Fruit a berry, black.

A. victoriana is in the subgenus Lamprococcus (Group 2).


Ideal hanging basket subject.

Related cultivar: 'Fosters Favorite' Medium. Reddish, soft leaves. Inflorescence pendent; blue petals; red ovary.


A. weilbachii Didr. From Brazil has a small to medium, loose, funnel-shaped rosette. Leaves 30-40 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, widening towards the rounded, spine tipped tip; thin, soft, bright glossy green; margins with small, inconspicuous teeth. Scape arching, to 45 cm, pink-red with bright red appressed bracts. Inflorescence a loose, open panicle 12-15 cm long; sepals spine tipped, lilac; petals lilac, changing to black; ovary reddish-orange. Needs some protection in winter.

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.