A new member of the genus and one of the smallest and certainly one of the most decorative. A miniature novelty that grows high in the canopy of the Atlantic Forest of northeastern Minas Gerais, Brazil at about 2500 feet of elevation. In this moist and shaded environment, it shares its habitat with many other bromeliads including Neoregelia, Aechmea, Hohenbergia and Tillandsias of several species.
A close relative to the somewhat similar species; Q. alvimii, it differs in several morphological ways including the shape of its leaves and the structure of its inflorescence. A bulbous or bottle-shaped plant, it has leaves with broad sheaths tapering abruptly to a broadly lingulate, short blade with serrate margins. The leaves bend outward and leave a deep wrinkle or ‘thumbprint’ at the top of the leaf base. The leaves many (to 60+), light or pale green with almost black patches on the inside of the sheaths. The inflorescence is short but emerges above the rosette, sparsely flowered, bipinnate with rose colored bracts and reddish flowers.