Species that can hold their own against any hybrid
You know, hybrids are great, but sometime's it's really hard to improve on Mother Nature.
Vriesea platynema v.variegata:
Vr. gigantea 'Nova':
Neoregelia johannis 'De Rolf':
Neo. "Shiigi's melanodonta"-- probably not the true Neo. melanodonta, as Harry Luther says that all material grown under that name is probably Neo. concentrica-- but still a species, not a hybrid:
And my favorite favorite FAVORITE........ Neo. carcharodon 'Tiger':