A very interesting species from the foothills of the Andes of Ecuador, along the edge of the Amazon basin. This species grows at altitudes from 1500 to 3000 feet, on exposed trees in full sun. The growth is reminiscent of that of Quesnelia marmorata, upright and tubular, flaring at the top. The leaves are deep green suffused with dark purple-red spotting. The inflorescence is pendant, with orange bracts. A very rare species in cultivation.
Grows best potted in a light media. Just as a note, there is some that consider this to be a subspecies of Guzmania brevilingua as the inflorescences are nearly identical. So far though, nothing official has been done with regards to the name.