A very handsome species from Veracruz, Mexico where it lives in deciduous, tropical forest at low altitudes. Resembles a brachycaulos, but differs morphologically. Forming a 6 to 8 inch rosette of wide light green, glossy leaves, it flushes deep red all over when in bloom. No visible scape, many blue flowers. One of the most dramatic color changes in the bromeliad world. Easy grower, grow mounted or in a basket or other place where it can get good air circulation.