Botanical name: Vriesea splendens Family: Bromeliaceae (pineapple family)
Great looking bromeliad - to a casual observer, this looks like it could be a desert plant. Green foliage with prominent dark bands across them, and stunning flowers in the later summer. Distinctive is the long flower spike, which emerges from the um-like centre of the plant when it is several years old. The basic Flaming sword's flower head is a flattened “sword” of tightly knit red bracts from which yellow flowers emerge. Other varieties have flower heads which are branched and/or have bracts in lighter shades of red and orange. The sword shaped bright red inflorescence will develop yellow tubular flowers that last only one day each. This is a bromeliad from the moist forests of southeastern Brazil, and is sensitive to other climatic conditions.
The flower labeled Flaming Sword is ...