AppearanceThis 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 full sunlight. 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.
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