Matchstick Air Plant Blooms!

Aechmea cylindrata - Matchstick air plant
October 30, 2019

Aechmea cylindrata is a Bromeliad species native to southeastern Brazil.
The Bromeliad family is thought to have nearly 3,000 species, all of which originate from the southern hemisphere. They are almost all epiphytic, which means that they use other plants for support but they are not parasitic. Their leaves form tight rosettes which capture rain water and nutrients. These are adaptable plants that can be grown indoors. Most Bromeliads bloom once and then die but not before producing "pups", small offshoots at the base, that grow into a new plant. It can take up to three years for a Bromelaid to reach maturity and bloom.

This plant lives in the Stove House where you can also see the tropical orchid collection.