Alcantarea imperialis

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Alcantarea imperialis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Tillandsioideae
Genus: Alcantarea
Species: A. imperialis
Binomial name
Alcantarea imperialis
(Carrière) Harms

Alcantarea imperialis is a species of bromeliad in the genus Alcantarea. This species is endemic to Brazil.


This large terrestrial bromeliad was once classified as 'Vriesea Imperialis' but is now recognized as part of the genus Alcantarea. It can be found growing on rocky slopes in the Serra dos Órgãos in Rio de Janeiro. It can tolerate dry conditions and enjoys basking in the sunlight. Considered one of the giants of the genus, "its leathery leaves measuring 6 inches in width and 5 feet in length."[1] It will take decades before flowering an imposing red inflorescence that reaches 6 feet in height.



  1. ^ Padilla, Victoria (1973). Bromeliads. New York: Crown Publishers. p. 104. ISBN 0517562413.