Monographs Details: Nidularium terminale (Vell.) Stellfeld
Smith, Lyman B. & Downs, Robert J. 1979. Bromelioideae (Bromeliaceae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 14 (3): 1493-2142. (Published by NYBG Press
Description:Description - Leaves 20-30 in a dense rosette, erect, to 1 m long; sheaths ovate-elliptic, large, entire, often maculate, lepidote beneath with minute gray-brown scales; blades ligulate, broadly acute and apiculate, 5-6 cm wide, coriaceous, rigid, subglabrous, dark brownish green especially beneath, densely serrate with antrorse curved spines 0.5 mm long, concolorous; scape 30-50 cm high, glabrous; scape-bracts few, like the primary bracts and massed at the top of the scape. Inflorescence compound, rather many-flowered; primary bracts broadly ovate or suborbicular with a lanceolate blade, to 14 cm long, completely concealing the flowers, rose-purple, densely serrate with stout antrorse curved spines, ending in a stiff spine, glabrous. Floral bracts ovate-elliptic, acute, covering the lower third or quarter of the sepal, serrulate toward apex, carinate, membranaceous, sparsely lepidote; flowers sessile, ca. 6 cm long. Sepals subsymmetric, ovate-elliptic, acute, mucronulate, 23 mm long, connate for 8 mm, pale green, glabrous; petals ca. 4 cm long, high-connate, obtuse, pale blue, drying whitish; stamens included; ovary subovoid, glabrous.
Guanabara Brazil South America