Alcantarea imperialis (brasiliana)
Not really imperialis or brasiliana, but a new species that will be called mucugensis.
An impressive giant growing recently described species from Bahia. The foliage resembles somewhat the more familiar Alc. imperialis, but it is leafier and the leaves are narrower. The inflorescence is stunning, very tall with showy red scape bracts and yellow branches only at the top of the scape. The branches continue to elongate throughout the blooming period, eventually drooping.
x Vriecantarea 'Julietta'
A giant grower from hybridizer David Fell in Hawaii. This plant is registered as an xVriecantarea but David lists it’s parents as (‘Volcano’s Mist’ x ‘Volcano’s Mist’) and ‘Volcano’s Mist’ is an Alcantarea. So, we are confused, where does the Vriesea come in? We are keeping the xVrecantarea name though as that is how the plant was registered with the BSI Cultivar Registrar.
It looks like a nice clone of Alcantarea imperialis with a leafy rosette of broad leaves, red with a veneer of silver in older plants. Highly decorative, it is popular with landscapers.