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Neoregelia carolinae (Beer) L.B. Smith

Blushing bromeliad

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassZingiberidaeGingers and related plants
OrderBromelialesBromeliads: tropical plants adapted to limited water, often epiphytes
FamilyBromeliaceaeBromelias: tropical and subtropical plants, the best known being pineapple
GenusNeoregeliaNamed for Eduard August von Regel, director of St. Petersburg Botanic Gardens in Russia (1815-1892)

About plant names...

Neoregelias are members of the bromeliad family, and are from eastern Brazil. This is a cultivar, not the wild variety. They are epiphytes—plants that grow on other plants, but are not parasites. Their unusual bright red centers make them popular among gardeners, and inumerable cultivars have been developed.

Plants: Plants are up to 1½′ (45 cm) high and about the same in diameter. They like wet, hot, sunlit conditions.

Leaves: Leaves are waxy, long, narrow, and pointed, about 1′ (30 cm) × 1-1½″ (2.5-3.8 cm). They emerge from the center of the plant, which lacks a stem (acaulescent). At flowering time, the centers of these plants become brilliant red.

Flowers: Like most neoregelias, these are not known for their flowers, which are inconspicuous. This is unusual, in that most bromeliads have prominent flowers.

Online References:


Wikipedia includes a long list of cultivars


The University of Connecticut Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Plant Growth Facilities


Neoregelia carolinae description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Neoregelia carolinae (blushing bromeliad)

4/10/2015 · Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida · ≈ 2½ × 1½′ (79 × 53 cm)

Neoregelia carolinae (blushing bromeliad)

4/10/2015 · Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida · ≈ 2½ × 1½′ (79 × 53 cm) ID is uncertain