Billbergia pyramidalis

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Flaming torch
Billbergia pyramidalis in Hyderabad Nursery W IMG 0425.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Genus: Bromelioideae
Subgenus: Billbergia
Species: B. pyramidalis
Binomial name
Billbergia pyramidalis
(Sims) Lindl.
  • Bromelia pyramidalis Sims
  • Billbergia thyrsoidea Mart. ex Schult. & Schult.f.
  • Tillandsia farinosa Schult. & Schult.f.
  • Billbergia atrorosea Drapiez
  • Billbergia loddigesii Steud.
  • Pitcairnia fastuosa C.Morren
  • Billbergia splendida Lem.
  • Jonghea splendida Lem.
  • Billbergia croyana De Jonghe ex Lem.
  • Billbergia miniatorosea Lem.
  • Billbergia fastuosa (C.Morren) Beer
  • Billbergia longifolia K.Koch & C.D.Bouché
  • Billbergia paxtonii Beer
  • Billbergia punicea Beer
  • Billbergia lemoinei André
  • Billbergia andegavensis André
  • Billbergia schultesiana Baker
  • Billbergia setosa Baker

Billbergia pyramidalis, commonly known as the Flaming torch, is a species of bromeliad that is native to Brazil, Venezuela, French Guiana, the Lesser Antilles and Cuba. It is reportedly naturalized in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and on the Island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.[1][2][3][4][5]

They are adaptable, growing well as a terrestrial or epiphytic plant. When on the ground, they quickly create large clumps, and when planted at the base of a tree, they slowly will climb the trunk. The flowers on an individual plant last less than one month, but nearly all of the plants will come into bloom at the same time in the late summer and in some latitudes, they bloom more frequently.


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Sant'Ana Melhem, T., das Graças Lapa Wanderley, M., Ehlin Martins, S., Jung-Mendaçolli, S.L., Shepherd, G.J. & Kirizawa, M. (eds.) (2007). Flora Fanerogâmica do Estado de São Paulo 5: 1-476. Instituto de Botânica, São Paulo.
  3. ^ da Costa, A.F. & Wendt, T. (2007). Bromeliaceae na região de Macaé de Cima, Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Rodriguésia; Revista do Instituto de Biologia Vegetal, Jardim Botânico e Estaçao Biologica do Itatiaya 58: 905-939.
  4. ^ Martinelli, G., Magalhães Vieira, C., Gonzalez, M., Leitman, P., Piratininga, A. Ferreira da Costa, A. & Campostrini Forzza, R. (2008). Bromeliaceae da Mata Atlântica Brasileira: lista de espécies, distribuição e conservação. Rodriguésia; Revista do Instituto de Biologia Vegetal, Jardim Botânico e Estaçao Biologica do Itatiaya 59: 209-258.
  5. ^ Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.

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