One of the rarest of cultivated bromeliads, this obscure species is from an obscure genus of forest dwelling terrestrials containing only two species. Native to French Guiana, it grows in colonies in dense forest where it is never dry or cold. In fact, temps below the mid 60's F (17C) risks damage. Resembling, in the words of Harry Luther “vaguely…a large and spiny Cryptanthus beuckeri”, it also might be reminiscent of a small Bromelia but at one time was combined with Aechmea but later restored. Offsets are produced on long stolons to 12 inches or so. Leaves are petiolate or spoon shaped with rather large marginal spines. The inflorescences(s) are produced laterally from the base, below the soil line and consist of a red ‘head’ of short branches and yellow flowers. In cultivation keep moist in a well draining mix, warm (mid 60's or above) and in a pot size sufficient to accommodate its stoloniferous habit. Pure, high quality water is a must and it is not recommended for novice growers. Our plants are descendants of a collection made by Kress in French Guiana between Cayenne and Regina in 1986. SEL1986-0852.