Just bought this relatively small one, ~11 inches tall. I wish I also took pics of open flowers in the store. Once the flower opens, it reveals several cream-colored little balls inside. I did not look too closely, but I did notice those.
looks like an Aechmea Chantini
The flower thingy opened, and it does look like it indeed. Thanks!
"flower thingy" ???
Inflorescence is the name, I think. I was not sure if it's one flower or several.