Aechmea racinae

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Aechmea racinae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Genus: Aechmea
Subgenus: Lamprococcus
Species: A. racinae
Binomial name
Aechmea racinae
L.B. Smith
  • Lamprococcus racinae (L.B.Sm.) L.B.Sm. & W.J.Kress

Aechmea racinae (Christmas jewels) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Aechmea, of the family Bromeliaceae. This species is endemic to the State of Espírito Santo in eastern Brazil.[1][2]

Aechmea racinae is an epiphytic evergreen perennial, forming basal rosettes of strap-shaped leaves, with arching racemes of red and yellow flowers. In temperate regions it is often grown as a houseplant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]


Three varieties are accepted:[1]

  1. Aechmea racinae var. erecta L.B.Sm.
  2. Aechmea racinae var. racinae
  3. Aechmea racinae var. tubiformis E.Pereira


Numerous cultivars have been named, including[4]