I’m not sure what this plant thing is but it just randomly sprung up in the garden the other day and made me wish there was a Shazam-like app for plants and flowers. If it ever gets published I’ll try and remember to post a link.
Update July 2015: Only after randomly flicking through a random book I was browsing in a second-hand store, ‘The Ultimate Book of Flowers‘, did I spot a photo of this and learned it is a aechmea fasciata. Later that night I did another online search for a flower photo recognition software and found a link to ‘LikeThatGarden‘ – released only last month. After downloading the app, I then took a photo of my photo and a similar photo showed up the third level of results. I’d say that is a success.
I then went out into the garden with my iPhone and shot a picture of it at night (with flash on) and after analysing it for a few seconds found it exactly.
Good to know that someone else had had the same issues so made an app for it that works!