Aechmea, better known as the Daniela bromeliad is a genus of flowering plants in the bromeliad family, mainly epiphyte.
The name comes from the Greek word Alchmê, which means lance point. The taper thorny napes can sting, with some imagination, like a lance point. This genus of flowers includes about 150 species from tropical and subtropical South and Central America. Most species have always been epiphytes but tourist plants also exist. The roots of epiphytes serve as a support for the plant rather than a way to take in nutrition. The suction nozzles take care of that. The leaf rosettes are often thorned. The small thorns on the leaf rosette serve for deterring insects and mammals that would otherwise erode the leaf. The leaves are curved like a gutter that will harvest the water. At the base of the leaf there is a holder, causing a water-retaining sheet sleeve to be formed. The rosettes die after blooming. During the blooming stage small rosettes are formed at the foot of the mother rosette, these become new small Aechmea’s. The inflorescence of Achmea's range from blue, violet, red, green and yellow and sometimes they even change color during the blooming stage. In nature the Aechmea blooms from May to October. But in the flower shops and garden centers, they are also available in other months. It is a popular houseplant because it is easy to take care of and its bright color makes it very attractive.