A spectacularly variegated cultivar of marmorata that was discovered in the wild by Rafael Oliveira de Faria in Bananeiras, near Silva Jardim, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1995. The leaves are light green with a glaucous bloom, purple spotted and variegated with cream-yellow. A tightly tubular plant to about 20 inches tall with leaves flaring and curling at the tips. New plants are on short stolons and it makes a spectacular potted cluster or mounted specimen.
Years ago we imported the first of this exciting sport from Brazil and had intended to release the first two offsets at the Bromeliad World Conference held in St. Petersburg. Just then a thief struck and took both offsets! These were the only ones ever to leave our nursery in the U.S. (a couple were since sent to New Zealand).
I ordered this weeks ago, and it was held for me until I could pick it up at Tropiflora. I was a bit worried as to how it might hold up with it being almost 2 months between purchase and pickup, and the plant was even better in condition than I expected! Just a beauty!