|Aechmea are known for beautiful foliage, long lasting color and vivid berry-like fruit. These plants can adapt and grow on a variety of surfaces such as on trees in full sunlight between 300 to 3,500 feet. Specimens have been found in Peru having 3 foot long leaves, but the avarage is 1 foot in length. Aechmea cylindrata has 18 inch long and 2 inch wide stiff, textured, green leaves with small brown spines in an open rosette shape. The red bracts and bluish-violet flowers are borne on a 6 inch tall cylindrical inflorescence.