Vriesea splendens

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Vriesea splendens
Vriesea splendens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Tillandsioideae
Genus: Vriesea
Species: V. splendens
Binomial name
Vriesea splendens
(Brongn.) Lem.

Vriesea splendens or flaming sword is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family, subfamily Tillandsioideae. Native to Trinidad, eastern Venezuela and the Guianas[1][2][3][4] these plants were introduced to Europe in 1840. This species of Vriesea features smooth-margined foliage with brown bands growing in a rosette, usually producing a bright red inflorescence in a flattened spike.


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Hokche, O., Berry, P.E. & Huber, O. (eds.) (2008). Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela: 1-859. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela.
  3. ^ Funk, V. A., P. E. Berry, S. Alexander, T. H. Hollowell & C. L. Kelloff. 2007. Checklist of the Plants of the Guiana Shield (Venezuela: Amazonas, Bolivar, Delta Amacuro; Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana). Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 55: 1–584
  4. ^ Smith, L.B. & R. J. Downs. 1977. Tillandsioideae (Bromeliaceae), Part II. Flora Neotropica, Monograph 14(2): 663–1492

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