cowellii has a pedicellate
, stipitate fruit with an elliptical endocarp, and two semielliptical wings of unequal size.
flavovirens group and characters at the margin of the group, such as pedicellate
flowers and slightly sheathing leaves.
Superficially, it resembles Aechmea penduliflora Andre, widespread in Central and South America, but the more laxly arranged polystichous, pedicellate flowers argue against any relationship.
Aechmea jungurudoensis differs from Aechmea spectabilis on account of its pedicellate flowers, smaller (25 x 12 cm vs.
2 cm in diameter; floral bracts white, linear, acuminate, membranaceous, 4-8 mm x 1 mm, entire; flowers polystichous, ascendent to divaricate, numerous, densely disposed, actinomorphic, pedicellate
, the pedicels 2.