Aechmea zebrina

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Aechmea zebrina
Aechmea zebrina ex situ.png
Scientific classification
A. zebrina
Binomial name
Aechmea zebrina
L.B. Smith

Platyaechmea zebrina (L.B.Sm.) L.B.Sm. & W.J.Kress

Aechmea zebrina is a species in the genus Aechmea. This species is native to Ecuador and Colombia;[1][2] it is relatively common in the lowland Amazon region of eastern Ecuador and southern Colombia.[3]

Aechmea zebrina is a large epiphytic bromeliad that can grow more than 1 metre tall and wide and hold nearly 4 litres of water between its leaves. It typically occurs in the upper canopy of overstory trees at heights of 18–45 m. A single tree can host more than 150 Aechmea zebrina.[3]

Aechmea zebrina in its natural arboreal habitat in Ecuador.



  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Catalogue of Vascular Plants of Ecuador Archived 2006-09-26 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 12 October 2009
  3. ^ a b McCracken, Shawn F.; Forstner, Michael R. J. (2014). "Oil Road Effects on the Anuran Community of a High Canopy Tank Bromeliad (Aechmea zebrina) in the Upper Amazon Basin, Ecuador". PLoS ONE. 9 (1): e85470. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085470. PMC 3885719. PMID 24416414.
  4. ^ a b c BSI Cultivar Registry Archived 2009-12-02 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 11 October 2009