Aechmea fasciata (Lindl.) Baker
Aechmea fasciata is a succulent perennial.
Aechmea fasciata was already described and the name validly published by John Lindley. It was John Gilbert Baker, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1879.
The perennials are comparatively slow-growing and reach heights of 30 to 40 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 30 to 60 centimetres.
Aechmea fasciata is evergreen. The mid-green, simple leaves are basal. They are linear, sessile and have parallel venation. The surface of the leaves is pilose.
Flowers and Fruits
Aechmea fasciata produces cluster of magenta tubular flowers from June to August.
The perennials carry white berries.
The plants form rhizomes.
Aechmea fasciata is native to Brazil.
The perennials prefer a half-shady situation on moist soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1Â°C (USDA zone 10).
Suited as container plant and as indoor plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
Waxy fibres and honeydew on leaves and shoots indicate an infestation with mealybugs. Apply insecticide or control biologically with predatory ladybirds.
Sudden wilting and pale green discolouration indicate a fungal infection (phytophthora). Remove infected plants. Avoid by improving drainage and over-fertilization.
Scale insects that sit on the undersides of the leaves and excrete honeydew can be controlled with insecticide or biologically with parasitic wasps.
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