Billbergia vittata Brongn.

Leaves 8-10 in an upright tubular rosette, to 90 cm long, 6-7 cm wide, greygreen, often purplish, underside grey cross-banded; margins with prominent brown spines. Scape erect but becoming pendent; bracts thin, bright red, becoming rolled up. Inflorescence pendent, many-flowered; sepals red with a blue tip, bristly; petals greenish-white at the base and violet-blue in the upper third; stamens prominent, orange-yellow


.There are very few of the true species in cultivation, but many hybrids and cultivars have been derived from this species.

Related cultivar: 'Chas Webb' Tall tight tube, grey-green leaves with silver bandings, flush purple in good light. Inflorescence semi-pendent, bracts bright pink-red, petals purple. A very common cultivar in older gardens and collections. ['Breauteana']

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.