Botanical name: Bromelia serra Family: Bromeliaceae (Pineapple family)
Synonyms: Bromelia lindmanii, Karatas serra
Bayonet Bromeliad are plants growing up to 50 cm tall. Leaves are 1-1.5 m long, 3-5 cm wide, with a saw-toothed margin, with antrorse and retrorse, unciform spines. Apical ones are red at maturity. Flowering stem is short. Bracts are leaf-like, red. Inflorescence is a flower-head-like with flowers occuring in 5-9 flowered short fascicles. Sepals are free, 15 x 5 mm, white. Petals are white with a violet band towards the tip, fused at base. Anthers are yellow. Fruits is yellow when ripe, edible. Bayonet Bromeliad is native to South America, cultivated in parts of India.
Identification credit: Arun Singh
The flower labeled Bayonet Bromeliad is ...