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Guzmania lingulata

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Guzmania lingulata (droophead tufted airplant or scarlet star) is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Tillandsioideae, native to rainforest habitats in Central America, northern and central South America, southern Mexico and the West Indies.<ref name=x>Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref> It is an evergreen epiphytic perennial.<ref name=RHSAZ>Template:Cite book</ref> The Latin word lingulata means "tongue-shaped".<ref name=RHSLG>Template:Cite book</ref> Foliage grows in a star-shaped basal rosette which culminates in an orange and red bracted inflorescence. It is among the most commonly cultivated bromeliad types, with cultivars producing flowers in shades of maroon, red, orange, yellow or pink.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>


Four varieties are recognized:<ref name=x/>

  1. Guzmania lingulata var. cardinalis (André) Mez - Colombia, Ecuador
  2. Guzmania lingulata var. concolor Proctor & Cedeño-Mald. - Central America, West Indies, northern and central South America (Guianas and Colombia south to Bolivia), southern Mexico
  3. Guzmania lingulata var. flammea (L.B.Sm.) L.B.Sm. - Colombia, Ecuador
  4. Guzmania lingulata var. lingulata - Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica, Venezuelan Antilles; naturalized in Bermuda



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