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Flowering Portea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Genus: Portea
Brongn. ex K. Koch

Portea is a genus in the plant family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae. It is native to the Atlantic coast of Brazil.

It is named for Dr. Marius Porte,[1] a nineteenth-century French naturalist who died in 1866 in Manilla while on a collection expedition for the National Museum of Natural History.[2]


Portea is a small group of plants. According to the Bromeliad Binomial, it currently includes just nine species; the plants are natives of the eastern coast of Brazil where they tend to be medium to large plants. They thrive in strong light; the foliage of this genus often is quite attractive, although heavily protected by sharp spines. The branches of the inflorescence are somewhat lengthy; this characteristic makes the bloom even more stunning.

The plant produces a tall bloom of lavender flowers followed by dark purple berries. Although the leaves are frost sensitive, the plants usually survive cold temperatures and produce blooms in the late spring.[3]



  • Portea 'Helga Tarver'
  • Portea 'June'


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