Our best clone of this very handsome and much sought rarity from the area of Santa Maria Madalena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This gem of the bromeliad world has rigid upright tubular growth and short stolons, not unlike an Ae. nudicaulis, but with strikingly silver banded leaves and a lovely inflorescence of pink to orange branches and yellow flowers similar to an Ae. fasciata.
This is the excellent clone illustrated in the Journal of the BSI, vol. 30, #1, way back in 1980. At the time it was speculated by L.B. Smith that the plant was Ae. caesia. Mature at about 18 inches tall.