This is a strong growing species from Mexico found in open forests between 1000m and 1400m altitude. The species description gives the spike length as 30-60cm but our plant usually manages at least 1m and this year the branched spike is 125cm tall with around 150 flowers each 3cm across.
The plant grows in a basket and seems to thrive in good light with heavy watering when in growth from now until November.
This plant was purchased in 1995, as a seedling growing on a tiny slab of cork. The trader (who is no longer in business) described the species as a miniature! Always do your research 🙂