Alcantarea edmundoi

Alcantarea edmundoi (Leme) J R Grant Bromelia 2(3):26.1995.
Basionym Vriesea edmundoi Leme, Pabstia 4 (3): 5.1993

Desc from Pabstia
Plant rupicolous, flowering 180cm high,
Leaves densely rosulate, suberect but tip recurved forming a funnel shaped utriculum at the base.
Sheath ovate, ca 17cm long, ca 12cm wide.
Blade long linear-subtriangular, ca 85cm long, ca 7.5cm wide, green, glabrescent, tip acuminate caudate.
Scape erect, ca 95 cm long, ca 3cm diam, green.
Scape bracts exceeding the internodes, lower ones leaflike, then narrow triangular, green, tip long acuminate recurved,
Inflorescence laxly paniculate, bipinnate, sub pyramidal, 130cm long, erect,
Primary bracts similar to the lower scape bracts, upper ones wide sub ovate, acuminate, recurved, green, nevertheless totally shorter than the sterile base of the branches.
Branches 30-50cm long, lax or sub dense flowered, 12-15 flowered, curving downwards.
Peduncle 12-25cm long, 2-3 sterile slightly keeled bracts,
Rhachis nearly erect, green, 5mm diam when living.
Floral bracts furthermore secund with the flowers, ovate, 3.5cm long, ca 3cm wide, carinate towards the tip, yellow, acute, equalling the middle of the sepals.
Flowers ca 12cm long, distichous but strongly secund upwards,
Pedicels ca 1.5cm long, thick, green,
Sepals linear lanceolate, acute, 4.5cm long, ca 1.6cm wide, green, by no means keeled,
Petals linear, 10cm long, maximum width 1cm, a little narrowing towards the tip, obtuse, pale yellow, flaccid, reflexed at anthesis, 2 entire subacute ligules at the base, inserted 1.5cm above the base.
Style longer than the petals.
Type: Rio de Janeiro, near Angra dos Reis. Growing on granite rocks bordering the sea. leg. Ivo de Azevedo Penna 21, in February 1982. HOLOTYPUS: HB.

Edmundo Pereira had begun the study of this species, which he had considered new. However, the accidental misplacement of exsiccatae stopped him making a decision and publishing his work.

Recently, we located the respective material deposited in Herbarium Bradeanum, in half the exsiccatae belonging to other species of the vegetable family. With that, it was possible to conclude the initial research for this nostalgic specialist and, as he could not finish it, to honor him with such an imposing new species.

V. edmundoi resembles V. imperialis Carriere, but differs in the smaller size, inflorescence predominantly green, primary bracts exceeds the sterile bases of the branches, and these show a smaller amount of sterile bracts. It is also noticed that the sepals are linear-lanceolate and acute, and the petals of yellowish color.

Updated 12/12/06