Bromelia nidus-puellae 
  • (Andr?) Andr? ex Mez, Candolle & Candolle, Monogr. Phan. 9: 22 (1896)

This taxon is accepted by WCS higher taxonomy

General Description

Leaves numerous, rosulate, to 1 m long; sheaths narrowly elliptic, covered with linear brown scales, entire or sparsely serrate toward the apex; blades linear, not at all narrowed at the base, attenuate, pungent, 33 mm wide, laxly serrate with antrorse spines 10 mm long, bright green above, paler beneath and minutely pale-lepidote. Scape very short. Inflorescence densely corymbose, many-flowered, oblate, castaneous- lepidote with elongate scales except the petals; primary bracts foliaceous but with reduced red blades. Floral bracts linear or narrowly lanceolate, acute or acuminate, equaling the middle of the sepals or higher, thin, lacinate-serrulate toward apex; flowers 8 cm long including the indistinct pedicels. Sepals free , lanceolate, acuminate, carinate, 26 mm long; petals narrow, 35 mm long, violet with pale margins, glabrous; ovary slenderly fusiform or cylindric. Fruit ellipsoid, 5 cm long, 22 mm in diameter, edible.


Dry ground, 300 m alt.


central Colombia. COLOMBIA. Valle: widely cultivated as a hedge, Lehmann 3880 (! Mez).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Western South America Colombia


  • 1 Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. Continental Publishing, Deurne.
  • 2 Smith, L.B. & Downs, R.J. Bromeliaceae (Pitcairnioideae). Flora Neotropica Monograph 14(3), 1493-2142 (New York: Hafner Press.: 1979).

 Information From

WCS higher taxonomy
World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
WCSP 2014. 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved 2011 onwards
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