Vriesea splendens

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Vriesea splendens
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Genus: Vriesea
V. splendens
Binomial name
Vriesea splendens
(Brongn.) Lem.
  • Tillandsia splendens Brongn.
  • Vriesea speciosa Hook.
  • Tillandsia speciosa (Hook.) G.Nicholson
  • Tillandsia appuniana Baker
  • Tillandsia picta Baker
  • Vriesea longibracteata (Baker) Mez

Vriesea splendens, or flaming sword, is a species of flowering plant in the family Bromeliaceae, 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. It (or its cultivar(s)) is a recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[citation needed]

It is sometimes considered a synonym of Lutheria splendens.[5]

Cultivars include:[6]

  • Vrisea 'Andreana' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Cayenne' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Chantrieri' (s) (p)
  • Vrisea 'Deroose' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Double Pleasure' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Elmireana' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Enid Frase' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Fascination (s)
  • Vrisea 'Favoriet' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Fire' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Flammendes Schwert' (s) (p)
  • Vrisea 'Formosa' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Henrici' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Hera' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Illustris' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Insignis H.L.B.' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Juno' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Kent's Sunset' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Leopoldiana' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Louis Dutrie' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Madam Pele' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Major' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Meyer's Favorite' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Nigra' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Pommero Escheana' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Psittacino-Splendens' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Sphinx' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Splendide' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Splenriet' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Tepuy' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Trinidad' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Ubanteniana' (s)
  • Vrisea 'Wanteniana' (p)
  • Vrisea 'Witteana' (p)
  • × Gusvrisea 'Magnifica (s)
  • × Gusvrisea 'Mirabilis (p)
  • × Gusvrisea 'Splendulata' (p)

(s) — seed parent (p) — pollen parent


  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
  5. ^ "Vrisea splendens". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Bromeliad Cultivar Register". registry.bsi.org. Bromeliad Society International. Retrieved 4 December 2018.

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