Billbergia distachia (Vell.) Mez

Leaves in a tubular rosette, 50-90 cm long, 5-6 cm wide, dark green often tinged purple with grey cross-banding, mottled; margins usually entire. Scapes slender, curved, with rosy bracts, green tips. Inflorescence pendulous, simple, open, few-flowered; sepals green, blue at the tip; petals pale green, blue at the tip, flaring in the upper part; ovary green, hairless.


var. concolor Reitz Leaves, sepals and petals green

var. maculata Reitz Leaves creamy-yellow spotted

var. straussiana Wittm. Petals completely green.

Related cultivar: 'Perriams Pride'  Medium. Open tube, leaves greyish-green with yellow stripes. Pendent inflorescence, pink bracts, green petals.

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        Billbergia Thunb.