Strange plant with beautiful flowers that only come once every few years

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Date Photo Taken: 05/24/2014
Location: Los Angeles
Posted By: gclifford


Workers removed a dead fallen tree from a Louisiana swamp. Plant was growing where two branches intersected the main trunk which had collected what looked to be a soil. The leaves have tiny barbs along the edge, with white fuzziness on bottom . Roots are similar to Iris. leaves form a cup like structure that will hold water. Semi- Urceolate multicolored (purple, white, yellow, pink, & red) Flowers grow on a branched inflorescence that grows out of the center cup structure.


  1. Metrosideros Flower Fanatic says:

    It’s a type of Bromeliad.

    Need to see the flower to determine the Genus and maybe species.

    May 26th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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