Can someone Identify this plant?

absolut3June 14, 2011

Can someone tell me the name of this plant?

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emerald1951

Hi,
sorry I can't ID this plant, I think it is in the bromeliad family, but it sure is beautiful....
thanks for posting the great picture....linda

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 8:56PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Definitely Bromeliad, very handsome. Maybe Aechmea.

If it were me, I'd so an Image search for Bromeliads & then try to match up the plant to the pix.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 1:33PM
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birdsnblooms

It's Bromiliad Aechemea. The variegation on yours is most striking. Look for tiny, purple/pink flowers on either side of the red/orange. Toni

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 1:38PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Had no idea, so was waiting to say, "How pretty!"

Is the curl of the leaf normal, Toni, anyone?

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 4:37PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Yes the curl is completely normal. Am guessing you'll see it in an Image search.

I don't think that's variegation Toni, just the leaf's pattern.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 5:32PM
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birdsnblooms

Purple, there's so many different species and hybrids it's hard to tell. Some Bromeliad leaves curl, others grow straight. The color on Absolu's plant is striking.

Karen, you're right..it is the leaf pattern, but I call it variegation because of the color texture.
On the other hand, there's an all green B. aechmea. Would you consider Absolu's Brom variegaeted or not? Toni

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 6:57PM
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plantsaremylife_grow(5b)

Hi all!

I think what you have is definitely a bromeliad. I believe it's actually Vriesea slendens or known as the flaming sword. Enjoy your wonderful plants. The curl is normal and it is just pattern. BEAUTIFUL! I love the group planting. The red spike should last a good oooooo two months or more. I used to have one myself but lost it and never did see the actual flowers which I believe are yellow. They should appear all the way up the spike......not at once though I believe. Do you know about the life cycle of bromeliads at all? This genus was one that I was obsessed with early on in my plant collecting. I don't have any at the moment. I should change that lol. Kyle

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 9:52PM
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