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Aechmea tayoensis Gilmartin

Family Name: Bromeliaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Epiphyte Woody Herbaceous


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

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub (Herbaceous), Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Ecuador
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A herbaceous shrub grows over 1.2 m in diameter, with a rosette growth form.
Foliage Leaf blades are green and broad, and the leaf petioles are red and spiny. The foliage will develop red color in high light.
Flowers The inflorescence emerges from the center of the plant, consisting of yellow flowers and pinkish-orange bracts which are spiny.
Habitat Amazonian mainland forest.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Focal Plant, Container Planting
Usage Hazard - Cons Spines/Thorns - Leaf, Spines/Thorns - Flower

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Red
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Spiral
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Margin Entire - Wavy / Undulate
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Orange, Red, Yellow / Golden
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal

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Master ID 31467
Species ID 5864
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.