Ronnbergia columbiana 
  • E.Morren, Ann. Bot. Hort. 35: 82 (1885)

This taxon is accepted by WCS higher taxonomy

General Description

Leaves about 8 in a funnel-form rosette, 4 cm long, bearing brown impressed scales especially beneath, serrulate with spines 1 mm long, sheaths elliptic, narrow, blades ligulate, not at all petiolate, broadly acute and cuspidate, 25-48 mm wide, glaucous-green above, brownish purple beneath, subdensely serrulate with spines about 1 mm long. Scape erect, stout, farinose especially toward apex; scape-bracts imbricate, lanceolate, acuminate, green, membranaceous. Inflorescence lax, to 6 cm long; rhachis tomentulose-lepidote. Floral bracts ovate, acuminate, much shorter than the ovary or the lowest sometimes exceeding it, membranaceous, pale-lepidote; flowers divergent. Sepals mucronulate, to 18 mm long, short-connate; petals 25-35 mm long, blades at length spreading, acute, purple with white margins; stamens all free; ovary subcylindric, stout, to 10 mm long.


Epiphytic, rainforest, 5-50 m alt.


west-central Colombia. COLOMBIA. Valle: La Trojita, Rio Calima, region of the Choco, 19 Feb-10 Mar, 1944, Cuatrecasas 16311 (F, GH); 30.

Distribution Map

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


  • 1 Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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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