|Aechmea distichantha subsp. var.|
Aechmea distichantha (Brazilian vaseplant, vase plant) is a bromeliad typical of Cerrado vegetation in Brazil, which is also native to northern Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. This plant is often used as an ornamental plant.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Aechmea distichantha, Lem. Lvs. 2-3 ft. long, with a dilated base 4-5 in. long and half as wide, the blade rigid and channelled, edges prickly: scape 1-1 1/2ft.; fls. in a bipinnate panicle 4-7 in. long and half as wide, the petals tongue-shaped and red-purple, longer than the obtuse-cuspidate sepals; fl.-bract pocket-like, 1/4in. long. Brazil.
- More information about this species can be found on the genus page.
Grow in shady spot with great air circulation. Soil should retain water, and be watered when dry to touch. Water should be poured into cups of leaves regularly. Can be grown in soil, pots, moss in the crotch of trees.
Pests and diseases
The following varieties are recognized:
- Aechmea distichantha var. distichantha Lem.
- Aechmea distichantha var. glaziovii (Baker) L.B.Sm.(1943)
- Aechmea distichantha var. schlumbergeri E.Morren ex Mez (1892)
- Aechmea distichantha var. vernicosa E.Pereira (1979)
A. disticantha as an epiphyte.