Aechmea gamosepala Wittm., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 13(29): 3, 13 1891. (syn. Ortgiesia gamosepala (Wittm.) L.B.Sm. & W.J.Kress;                                     Aechmea gamosepala var. angustifolia Wittm.); 
Match Stick Plant, Gamos Bromeliad;   



”Id 14122011MR1’’ Aechmea gamosepala flower spike Pune:  7 images.

Dec 2011

Sharing pictures of Aechmea gamosepala flowering at my place at Pune

Family: Bromeliaceae (Pineapple family)

Common name: Match Stick Plant, Gamos Bromeliad
A electric blue and bright pink flower spike with bracts resembling matchsticks and red sepals  
On the net I found descriptions about the flower spike
but the pictures of my plant show a distinct red flower at the top. What is this flower when all other flowers are blue?

Yes good shots of the Matchstick plant.

The flower looks like match stick …. very cute looking




Dec 2012 Pune

This plant is flowering again. This year I could see some open flowers and would like to share the images with you.
3 images.

its a treat. I remember the blue tipped match sticks !!!



Match Stick Plant inflorescence – 300712 – RK – 1: Aechmea gamosepalaBromeliaceae. Have never seen these buds open up!
Pic taken in Bangalore 29/07/12 at 5pm.

how pretty… at your home? can one buy this?

yes this is a very pretty plant – growing in a pot in the building compound. I think this has been brought from Coorg. Have yet to see this in a Bangalore nursery tho’ !

I have seen this flower on picture only and willing to have it in my garden. But knew nobody who can tell me how I can have it. In Kolkata, I never seen it in my known nurseries. Can you please tell me how I can have one?

This is very common in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai in their plant nursery.
Easily available.

Here is my picture with the open flowers.
I hope it helps.

I have already mentioned that it is at Jijamata Udyan, which is a botanical garden in Mumbai which probably comes under the Muncipal Corporation.
They are not so advanced as having their website, where you can order plants online.yourself.
The only way is to visit their nursery and get it.

here is their telephone no. : 022 2374 2162

The address is :
Victoria Gardens (Veermata Jijabhai Bhosle Udyan)
Dr. Ambedkar Road
Near Byculla Station,
Mumbai – 400 027.
It is just opposite the Byculla Railway Station. 



18022013 BRS 456: Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. confirmation.
Location: Magadi, Bangalore
Date: 14.02.2013
Habitat: garden
Habit: herb

I think Match Stick plant (Aechmea gamosepala; Family: Bromeliaceae).
Amazing flowers! Thank you for sharing. I will look out for this plant to grow in my garden in Mumbai.



Happy Diwali

 Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Wish all the members of EFI very Happy Diwali.
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Request for ID – 100614 – NS01 : 3 posts by 2 authors.
I would like some help identifying a potted plant that I spotted in Ooty. 
Date/Time- Aug 2014
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Ooty, 2200m asl
Habitat- Garden / urban
Plant Habit- Not sure
Height/Length- Leave 1 foot, stem and flowers 1-2 ft 

often cultivated in tropical gardens for its foliage, the unusual flowers are a boon.
Its the matchstick flower… wish pic was not so hazy of the flower spike.
binomial: Aechmea gamosepala of Bromeliaceae Family
I know sometimes it cant be helped but have hazy pics esp if using a handheld point and shoot or a cell phone and there is breeze or if I am in a hurry (in a forest or on a hike, trying to stay with the group) …, but in this case it was a captive subject, growing in a tub. I find if I am using a point and shoot, moving my own hands a bit back and forth may get the subject in focus. Hope it helps.




Aechmea calyculata (E.Morren) Baker (accepted name) : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

Location:  Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: 10 May 2017
Altitude: 4400 ft. 

Correct ID is Aechmea gamosepala A.Cast., nom. illeg. (synonym). Mistake.

Aechmea gamosepala Wittm. : 4 posts by 1 author. 4 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Kalimpong, WB, India
Date:  27  November 2019 
Elevation: 1350m.
Habitat: Cultivated