Canistrum is a genus or sub-family of bromeliaceae consisting of about 14 known species. These unusual type of bromeliads are both terrestrial and epiphytic and prefer moist conditions. The inflorescence is deep in the heart of the rosette and the compact flower head is surrounded by colorful bracts rising above the flowers, creating an effect like a basket of flowers. The foliage is predominantly light green with darker green mottling. Easy to grow and worthy of collection.