Alcantarea imperialis

COMMON NAME

Imperial Bromeliad, Empress of Brazil

TYPE

Bromeliad

FAMILY

Bromeliaceae

NOTES

This large terrestrial bromeliad was once classified as Vriesea imperialis but is now recognized as part of the genus Alcantarea. Considered one of the giants of the genus, "its leathery leaves measuring 6 inches in width and 5 feet in length. It will take years before producing an imposing red inflorescence that reaches 8 feet in height. The spike can produce 400-600 flowers for the potential of 80,000-200,000 seeds.  As with all bromeliads, once the plant flowers, the main plant dies and pups or offsets are produced along the base of the dying plant to begin the process all over again.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Brazil

NATIVE HABITAT

Rocky slopes and tolerant of dry conditions

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

gardensonline.com.au

monaconatureencyclopedia.com



Alcantarea imperialis