I came across a whole lawn of these in a garden in Panchgani in the highlands (4700 ft) south of Pune. I would also like to know if it will grow in a pot at about 500ft?
this is the flower of the plant in the previous photo
This most certainly is a bromeliad. Grows here in Brisbane pretty much at sea level!
Looks like Aechmea gamosepala...a smaller, easily grown bromeliad that should be fine at a lower elevation, as Blackbeantree says. It's bloom will be lavender, soft to bright, depending on the level of sun exposure.
I am attaching a link to the Florida Council's pictures...an invaluable resource!
Here is a link that might be useful: Florida Council's Bromeliad Pictures
Thank you both
Interesting name I wonder if it gas a more common name?
Just one more which was growing nearby, I suppose another bromeliad?
Kombuchakid...I did some looking around for a common name and found some references to Aechmea gamosepala as 'Matchstick Plant' since individual flowers look like a matchstick.
As far as your other picture, it's a bromeliad, genus is billbergia, but I can't get closer than that. There are a lot of spotted leaved billbergias out there. Bob
Billbergia pyramidalis 'Fantasia'?
Here is a link that might be useful: Billbergia pyramidalis 'Fantasia' towards bottom
This post was edited by saltcedar on Mon, Jan 6, 14 at 19:08
Thank you Bob and SaltCedar, that's what I like; simple names for simple people.:-)
I agree with the above posters. The "matchstick" bromeliad is sadly one of the shortest lived flowers, or should I say one that does not hold its colour nearly as long as many other aechmea or other bromeliads. The Billbergia is a bit the same, though that plant has the advantage of the interesting leaves.
Both will have a similar growth pattern though, after flowering, the mother plant will slowly die off, but hopefully first she will make one or more offsets ("pups") which will go on to produce a flowering sized plant in about 2 years.
Many of the epiphytic bromeliads are from high altitude tropical and subtropical areas in south america so if you do a little reading you should find others which may be suitable to your climate.
They can also be grown from seed, though offsets are much the easier route.
Thank you for your input alisonoz
I am awaiting with bated breath for new bloom to appear