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Portea kermesina

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Bromeliaceae
Genus  Portea
Higher classification  Portea
Order  Poales
Subfamily  Bromelioideae
Scientific name  Portea kermesina
Rank  Species
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Similar  Portea, Bromeliads, Portea alatisepala, Portea petropolitana, Hohenbergia stellata

Portea kermesina ('kermesina'=crimson) is a plant species in the genus Portea in the bromeliad family.

The bromeliad is endemic to the Atlantic Forest biome (Mata Atlantica Brasileira) and to Bahia state, located in southeastern Brazil.

it grows near rivers at sea-level. It is a Critically endangered species.

Description

Portea kermesina contains a dozen or so broad green and red leaves, that reach 30 inches long and two inches wide.

The plant produces a flower spike with "large, rose bracts and blue-petaled flowers." The inflorescence flowers at a height of 6-8 inches and is characterized by a purplish red color.

Porteas from Brazil are some of the most decorative. Portea kermesina has apple green leaves and thrives in diffused light.

References

Portea kermesina Wikipedia


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