Portea is a small group of plants. According to the Bromeliad Binomial, it currently includes just nine species. The plants are natives of the eastern coast of Brazil where they tend to be medium to large plants. They thrive in strong light. The foliage of this genus often is quite attractive, although heavily protected by sharp spines. The branches of the inflorescence are somewhat lengthy. This characteristic makes the bloom even more stunning.
The plant produces a tall bloom of lavender flowers followed by dark purple berries. Although the leaves are frost sensitive, the plants usually survive cold temperatures and produce blooms in the late spring.
- Portea alatisepala Philcox
- Portea filifera L.B. Smith
- Portea fosteriana L.B. Smith
- Portea grandiflora Philcox
- Portea kermesina K. Koch
- Portea nana Leme & H. Luther
- Portea orthopoda (Baker) Coffani-Nunes & Wanderley
- Portea petropolitana (Wawra) Mez
- var. noettigii (Wawra) L.B. Smith
- Portea silveirae Mez
- Portea 'Helga Tarver'
- Portea 'June'
- Bromeliad Genera Etymology
- Centre historique des Archives nationales: Missions et voyageurs du Muséum national d'histoire naturelle (in French)