Aechmea is a rather large genus of epiphytic plants of the pineapple family. They are grown for their handsome foliage, and attractive flowers. The name Aechmea comes from the Greek for 'point', referring to the pointed sepals.

The plants emit offsets when getting ready to bloom. The rosette that flowered then dies after setting seeds. The offsets should not be separated to early from the parent.

The aechmeas are better grown in a humid green house with a winter temperature of 50 to 70F ( 10 to 21C). They need abundant water in summer when they are growing.

Species and varieties
Aechmea blanchetiana
Aechmea blumenavii
Aechmea chantinii (Amazonian Zebra Plant, Queen of the Bromeliads)
Aechmea fasciata (Silver Vase)
Aechmea fosteriana (Lacquered Wine Cup)
Aechmea fulgens
Aechmea organensis
Aechmea pectinata
Aechmea weilbachii
Aechmea 'Foster's synonym of Aechmea fosteriana (Lacquered Wine Cup)
Aechmea pitcairnioides synonym of Acanthostachys pitcairnioides

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