Native to Brazil. Bromeliad grown for showy leaves in spreading, low-growing clusters to 1 ft. wide, usually less. Leaves are wavy, dark brownish red, banded crosswise with green, brown, or white. Unimportant little white flowers grow among leaves. Pot in equal parts coarse sand, shredded osmunda, and ground bark or peat moss. Makes a fine houseplant; ideal in dish gardens.
C. bivittatus is similar to C. zonatus in cultural needs and general appearance, but it has green leaves striped lengthwise in creamy white. Many other striped and banded species and hybrids are available from specialists.