Popular name: Imperial bromeliad or giant bromeliad
Scientific name: Alcantarea imperialis
Typically tropical, the imperial bromeliad stands out for its size, sculptural shape, and vibrating colors. It occurs naturally in the steep rocky slopes of the Serra dos Órgãos (Rio de Janeiro).
The plant is seriously endangered due to the high incidence of fires in its natural habitat and for its intense exploitation. It can take up to ten years to reach the adult stage and bloom. The flowers are often visited by insects and hummingbirds, while the pollination is made by bats.