Tall Tubular Bromeliad
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Tall Tubular Bromeliad
P Introduced Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Tall Tubular Bromeliad
Botanical name: Billbergia macrocalyx    Family: Bromeliaceae (Pineapple family)
Synonyms: Billbergia quintusiana

Tall Tubular Bromeliad is a clustering species with only a few stiff, green leaves, forming a tall tubular rosette. The impressive leaves can grow up to 1 meter high and have cream spots, and dusted with silver bands. The upright inflorescence has showy, pink bracts, and large, green flowers. These green flowers are edged in blue, and are produced on mealy white stalks. The plant needs bright light, although direct sun should be avoides. Grown in a container allow soil to dry out before watering. This species grows easily and is very dramatic as a showy and unusual house plant in a larger container. Tall Tubular Bromeliad is native to Brazil, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Aarti Khale Photographed in cultivation in Mumbai.

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