Aechmea gamosepala

An entry written by Alexis today:

Thank you to forum member davallia for posting these photographs of Aechmea gamosepala on the BPotD Submissions Forum. These were taken at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Australia.

Aechmea is a genus in the Bromeliaceae that has over 200 species. Its name derives from the Greek word aichme, meaning “spear”.

The common name for this Brazil native is matchstick plant, and its flowers do resemble its namesake. Bromeliads are known for their showy bracts, and in the case of Aechmea gamosepala, they are pink in colour, while the petals are purple. Though the flowers are relatively short-lived, they bloom several times annually, making it a desirable ornamental. Typical of Bromeliaceae, the leaves are arranged in a rosette. Aechmea gamosepala grows to about 30cm in height, and can be epiphytic (sometimes growing on trees).

Aechmea gamosepala
Aechmea gamosepala

8 responses to “Aechmea gamosepala”

  1. anne van oppen

    Hello, While have been viewing BPotD for a while this is the first time I have been prompted to comment. I do enjoy the posts and I appreciate the information as well as the beautiful photographs. This HO HUM post of the Bromeliad family is disappointing. While these unusual, surprising and prickly plants are not for everyone they never fail to deliver and are virtually indestructible. Even my Mother can not kill one. The fantastic blooms are worth the wait and quite astonishing.

  2. Suzanna

    What an astonishingly beautiful photo…you have outdone yourselves in presenting something that creates true wonderment! Thank you.

  3. Wendy Cutler

    I think these are astonishing photos, and particularly the first one where the green colour of the stem is what looked out of place on that pink rubber contraption. I saw very few on google images that show the stem colour so clearly.
    I was surprised to find the second photo on google images already, linking right here.

  4. Anne

    Although I thought the second photo was cool on its own, I knew from past entries that there would be some cool fact in the write-up that would make me go back and take a closer look. Sure enough, they do look like really fancy matchsticks!

  5. Melissa in South Carolina

    Usually I’m not a big fan of bromeliads – you know, the potted plants everyone gives you when there’s an “occasion.” I always think of the British comedian Dame Edna’s infamous disdain for bromeliads. Very funny. BUT the Matchstick Plant is something else! I’m going to get some more images of the lovely pink-and-blue/purple flowers. Definitely worth a second look. Thanks, Alexis!

  6. iris lefleur

    Fantastic photos, I dont find anything ho hum about bromeliads, they are a most interesting group of plant life to me. Nor do I find any post on here ho hum. Too bad we cannot please everyone. If not for plants where would we be?

  7. lois dobey

    I live in an assisted living apartment – 83 yrs. old – so do not have access to gardening anymore – but still enjoy the wonderment of iving things. Thanks so much for sharing – and your comments.

  8. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you alexis for this posting a new plant to me in this tribe
    i live in florida i can walk the grounds under the trees
    laden with spanish moss an erie sight at night time
    one of our botanic gardens at christmas time puts up
    a big christmas tree made from this family just beautiful
    thank you to the rest of the world you make our day around here

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