Olympus PEN E-P2 Photo #24 Eye-catching plant

Philippines: The Imperial Bromeliad "Alcantarea imperialis" (Vriesea imperialis) can be admired in gardens and parks like Greenbelt and Bonifacio High Street. With its distinguishing features it is a striking evergreen in the artificial landscape. Alcantarea imperialis is a species of bromeliad in the genus Alcantarea. This perennial is endemic to Brazil and can be found growing on rocky slopes. It is a lithophyte and can tolerate dry conditions. The genus was named after Dom Pedro II. de Alcântara, Emperor of Brazil - his biography is worth reading. It includes approximately 20 species. As a popular plant in tropical gardens it needs full or partial sunlight and coarse gravel or rocky soil. The tightly packed leathery leaves have a waxy surface, that make them well adapted to the harsh conditions in the originating ecosystem. They trap water and organic matter and reach a span of 1.4 metres. Alcantarea imperialis rarely blooms. The imposing inflorescence reaches ...

Technical Details

Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
1/250 s
16 mm
200 ISO