|'Aripensis' thrives epiphytically in cloud forests at the top of mountain ranges. The Plants can adapt and grow on a variety of surfaces such as on trees, forest floor, rocks. The green leaves form a big rosette reaching 2 1/2 feet in length and up to 2 inches in width. The inflorescence reach 3 feet in height and are spiny, stiff and dark red-purple. The bracts are wide, brilliant rose and bear small vivid bluish purple flowers.