3 responses to “Aechmea fasciata”

  1. Donald Coffman

    Very pretty! Here in NE Ohio I grow mine in full sun during the summer months, and have no problems with burning as long as the plants are acclimated to the sun slowly. Then moved inside before first frost and grown under lights all winter.

  2. Patrick Collins

    The ancient Greek word “aichme” (αἰχμή) signifies the sharp point of spears or arrows in particular rather than general points. It was also used metaphorically to represent a warlike spirit and a woman’s temper.

    The specific name “fasciata” comes from the stripes on the leaves. The leaves are “here and there crossed with white, downy bands” in the original description. The Latin “fasciis” meaning bands, bandages and certain architectural features that we still call fascias in English. The English name for the plant was given as “Banded Billbergia” in that first description in 1828.

    Not to be confused with the Latin “fascis”, meaning a bundle of sticks, especially that around an axe used by magistrates for beating and beheading criminals.That gave us the word “fascist”. It was, presumably, named for the bundle being held together with bands.

    In 1826 it was introduced into cultivation in Britain. The Ball’s Pond Nursery in Middlesex had been established for over 50 years when they grew the plant.

    1. Patrick Collins

      The first botanical name, description and picture: Billbergia fasciata

      https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/132851#page/255/mode/1up

      First description of an Aechmea (no English).

      https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/674759#page/62/mode/1up

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