g'day tropical3 and roybe, have found out it is an alcantarea imperialis with a few people after pups. also found out how big it grows, up to 5m tall. takes about 10 years to flower so we will be waiting a while. catcha.
I think your brom is truly an androlepis skinneri. Looks similar to an alcantarea, but there are differences also. Please google it. I have both types of specimens in FL. Grows large also, and can tolerate quite a bit of sun. The more sun, the more pink/wine color the leaves acquire.
Hi Boofhead2, I think this pic is the same Bromeliad as yours. It is in a planting outsideof a wholesale nursery that specialises in Broms. As you can see the one on the left has flowered and died, so its not always a desirable thing to see it bloom!
this reply will be a bit late and not sure you'll even see it, but this looks exactly like my Werauhia sanguinolenta. Mine is the rubra, and is looking a bit more like yours at present as it's getting too much sun, if it is a Werauhia sanguinolenta rubra, they like the shade. The more shade they get the darker the foliage, towards almost black.