A bromeliad, rare in cultivation, native to the Guyana Shield formation of Suriname where it grows as a lithophyte on granite in the vicinity of Voltzberg. Originally described as a species by L.B. Smith, it is now recognized as a natural hybrid of Aechmea aquilega and Aechmea moonenii. A large grower with spiny, strap-like leaves of bronzy-green form an upright rosette to over three feet tall.
The inflorescence is nodding, with yellow branches in a loose cluster, and long pinkish-red scape bracts. The flowers are deep yellow-orange.
Our plants originated from a field collection by Moonen and came to us from the collection of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (SEL2006-0109).