Earth Star 'Elaine'
These strikingly structural members of the Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad) family are terrestrial, meaning they live on the ground instead of in trees like many other members of this family. Nearly all of the known 1200 different kinds of Cryptanthus can be found growing on the ground in the rainforests of Brazil.
The genus name Cryptanthus comes from the Greek words cryptos (hidden) and anthos (flower) in reference to their low profile ground dwelling growth patterns.
Cryptanthus make wonderful terrariums or house plants around here thriving in indirect light (although their colors become much more vibrant the brighter the light conditions) and without much watering required.