Endemic to the island of Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles, it is one of the very few Aechmea species from the Caribbean. A rarely seen plant, of interest mostly to taxonomists and collectors. The plant is fairly large, to over 30 inches with somewhat soft, greenish-yellow leaves and a pale yellow inflorescence that most resembles that of a Vriesea or Tillandsia species rather than an Aechmea.
Interesting, not beautiful, it is a rare plant from a botanically poorly known area. Growing hard or in bright light, the plant will take on a darker yellow coloration and more compact shape. The inflorescence too will become deeper yellow.