There's a bit
of taxonomic confusion / name changing on this one...its current name
is Vriesea, but it sure looks more like a Tillandsia [syn. T. werneriana].
Whatever you call it, its an outstanding bromeliad from Ecuador. They
have beautiful rich purple-magenta, branching flower spikes. My only picture
of it looks like it was taken by a two-year old (I hate to admit that),
so look at:
to see a good example of what these look like.