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Guzmania lingulata

English name: Droophead tufted airplant/Scarlet star

Latin name: Guzmania lingulata

Family: Bromelids - Bromeliaceae

Origin: Central and South America

The scarlet star’s natural environment is the rain forest. It is a perennial epiphytic, growing on tree trunks and branches. The leaves are grouped in a rosette, the centre of which forms a funnel shape. The inflorescence grows above the leaves, taking on an orange to red colour. The scarlet star is often grown as a potted plant. After flowering, the main rosette dies, but the young suckers that grow around it can sometimes be cut off and take root.

Guzmania lingulata