Foolproof Plant
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Foolproof Plant
ntroduced Photo: Sobhapati Samom
Common name: Foolproof Plant, Flaming Torch, Summer Torch
Botanical name: Billbergia pyramidalis    Family: Bromeliaceae (Pineapple family)

Foolproof Plant is a bromeliad from Brazil. Every summer it blooms without fail with that strange orangey-pink flower. This probably is the origin of the common name. It is not really a flower, but rather an inflorescence with many flowers. It quickly grows "pups" to create an unusual groundcover. The succlent leaves form a large vase, and produce mostly red flowers with yellow and purple highlights. The flower looks like a torch.
Identification credit: Nandan Kalbag Photographed in cultivation in Manipur & Maharashtra.

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