When visiting the Huntington Botanical Gardens, I didn’t stray too far from the Desert Garden for most of my all-too-brief visit. However, today’s plant interrupted an otherwise quick walk through the Jungle Garden; it leapt out from the mass of dark shadows and green foliage. This exact plant is also in this photograph, part of Huntington’s What’s In Bloom series of images.
I’m not able to find much relevant information on variety schlumbergeri, other than a few herbarium specimens of cultivated material which mention a Portuguese common name of caraguatá. Brazilian vase-plant is suggested as an English common name for the species by Wikipedia, though other sites simply use “bromeliad”.
Also noted by Wikipedia is the wide distribution range of the species: Uruguay, Paraguay, northern Argentina and Brazil (where it makes specific mention of the Cerrado, a tropical savanna). For most people in the northern hemisphere, its growing requirements restrict it to being an indoor plant; the University of Florida extension service provides a factsheet with some suggestions for care in that regard.
Do watch out for the jumping spiders, though. See: Romero, GQ. 2006. Geographic Range, Habitats, and Host Plants of Bromeliad-Living Jumping Spiders (Salticidae) (PDF). Biotropica. 38(4): 522-530.