More Online Information
The following are for general information, research and ideas - some species or cultivars referred to in links may be unavailable in Australia or unsuitable for Queensland conditions
Bromeliads and Mosquitos
by Rob Smythe, Townsville. Discusses his observations and potential threats. At the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies
Probably the most popular and easily-recognised type of bromeliad in Qld gardens at the moment. Typically, they form low-growing rosettes. The flowers, embedded in the central shallow vase are not spectacular, but the leaves come in an almost endless variety of colour and pattern combinations. They usually prefer light shade, although some are sun-tolerant.
Neoregelia cultivar in a shaded rockery
Rainwater is conserved in the central "vase".
Many popular members of this group tend to have longer leaves than the Neoregelias, giving a more vase-like form to the plant. Their tendancy to multiply into clumps makes them useful for mass planting in tropical bedding displays. Their flower spikes are an added attraction. Aechmea gamosepala is commonly encountered but the variegated leaf form 'Lucky Stripes' is more colourful. Aechmea blanchetiana is bigger and bolder and comes in yellow, orange and red-leaved forms. It has the advantage of being sun tolerant. Aechmea fasciata, with grey-pattered leaves and a beautiful pink flower, is often available, too.
Mass-plant for stunning landscape effects. Be sure to plant sun-tolerant varieties if position requires. This is possibly the yellow form of Aechmea blanchetiana. Brisbane, August 2013
Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
"Botany Photo of the Day", University of British Columbia Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research
Alcantarea imperialis (syn. Vriesea imperialis) is a very large, sun-tolerant bromeliad popular as an accent plants
A collection of detailed information on this species at the Bromeliads in Australia website
Billbergia pyramidalisBrisbane, March 2014
This genus includes the grey-leaved "air plants"
This genus includes the familiar edible pineapples, but there are other species grown primarily for ornamental use
Possible misspellings: bromelades, broms, bromiliads, bromiliades