Plant ID forum: Bromeliad or Agave?

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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
May 21, 2014 4:29 AM CST
This huge plant grows in the Botanical garden of Rio de Janeiro, I know the smaller one in the picture on the stem is Agave but the big one I have no idea..
it was without a tag.


Name: Jp
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lbeach1156
May 22, 2014 2:52 PM CST
Hi Bonitin!

You're pictures are absolutely stunning! The above (my guess) is bromeliad Alcantera Imperialis Rubra

Confused
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
May 22, 2014 3:02 PM CST
It looks like a Bromeliad to me also and as JP suggested may very well be Alcantarea imperialis. The only photo's I found:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcantarea_imperialis
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Name: Jp
Deerfield Beach, FL (Zone 10b)
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lbeach1156
May 22, 2014 3:26 PM CST
I just saw this pic of an Alcantarea Brasiliana... maybe it's a match? http://www.seabreezenurseries.com/Alc.%20brasiliana.JPG
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
May 22, 2014 4:45 PM CST
WOW, that is amazing!
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Name: Jp
Deerfield Beach, FL (Zone 10b)
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lbeach1156
May 22, 2014 7:06 PM CST
and it's spineless... must add for the wish list Lovey dubby
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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
May 23, 2014 12:40 AM CST
Definitely an Alcantarea! Thumbs up Thank you JP and Lin for the link!
I think Alcantarea imperialis looks a good match, more than Alcantarea brasialiana.

Wow it must be breathtaking when it blooms!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
May 23, 2014 7:00 AM CST
Good eye JP!! It is a gorgeous plant!
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Name: Jp
Deerfield Beach, FL (Zone 10b)
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lbeach1156
May 23, 2014 7:34 AM CST
I would seriously love to have a larger yard! Hilarious!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
May 23, 2014 8:23 AM CST
lbeach1156 said:I would love to have a larger yard! Hilarious!
I would seriously love to have a larger property too ... a few acres, landscaped with native plants and wooded areas ... just a little farther south in the state. Green Grin!

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Name: Jp
Deerfield Beach, FL (Zone 10b)
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lbeach1156
May 23, 2014 11:17 AM CST
Oh that would be awesome... heck, I'd be overjoyed with an acre! Hilarious!
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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Ferns Native Plants and Wildflowers Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
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bonitin
May 24, 2014 1:35 AM CST
The name now for the plant is Vriesea imperialis and Alcantarea imperialis is a synonym.
Name: Jp
Deerfield Beach, FL (Zone 10b)
Bromeliad Butterflies Hibiscus Tropicals Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Lilies
Plumerias
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lbeach1156
May 24, 2014 8:22 AM CST
Ahhh.... got it! Hurray!

now the mystery is solved and I can stop hunting for a match Hilarious!

"I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds" Martha Smith
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Ferns Native Plants and Wildflowers Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
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bonitin
May 24, 2014 8:30 AM CST
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