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Lutheria splendens (Brongn.) Barfuss & W.Till

Family Name: Bromeliaceae
Synonyms: Vriesea splendens
Common Name: Flaming Sword
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte


Native Distribution Venezuela & Caribbean Islands
Local Conservation Status Exotic

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form An epiphyte, it has a clumping growth form. 
Foliage The leaves are soft and covered purple-black markings along the upper and lower surface of the leaf blade. The leaves are arranged in a rosette and measure about 30 to 45 cm long. 
Flowers The flowers are borne on a terminal inflorescence up to 45 cm ong. The inflorescence is a spike and consists of red bracts and yellow flowers. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Division


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Purple
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red

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Master ID 1257
Species ID 2550
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Species record last updated on: 15 September 2020.