We were at the home of Sr. Roberto Kautsky when he gave us seed of this Bromeliad. He said it was very rare in the wild and we were honored that he gave us the seed. The margins of long and slender string-like leaves roll upward forming a channel that directs condensed moisture to the roots of the plant. The margins of the leaves also have short teeth, most prominent near the base, that recurve inward. Flowers and fruit are produced in the center of the plant in mature specimens. The leaf color is green in shade but turns a reddish color with greater light intensity.