OK, I picked up this awesome bromeliad specimen a couple weeks ago. It has beautiful, finely marked foliage with smooth edges, not the jagged teeth you often see on wide leaved varieties. Pretty neat.
Well, let me tell you, more than one person did a double take because without the context of a whole plant, the flower more than a little resembled a snake poised to strike! Even I had to double check what was at the corner of my eye a couple times - just not what you expect to see in your peripheral vision I guess.
The bromeliad family is very interesting and includes several familiar plants from Spanish moss to pineapples. Some good information about growing bromeliads can be found here.
Vriesea fosteriana X gigantea. It's native to Brazil. There seems to be a lot of hybrids so I'm not 100% sure what mine is, so if you can enlighten me, I'd appreciate it. And I couldn't find a picture of the bloom, so that will remain a mystery! I'll update you - unless someone buys it first. :-)