XPortemea Ariza-Julia, J. Bromeliad Soc. 28: 21. Jan-Feb 1978. Parent genera: Portea K. Koch, Ann. Sci. Nat. Bot., ser. 4, 6: 368. 1856 and Aechmea Ruiz and Pav., Fl. peruv. prodr.: 47. Oct 1794. Notes from Read & Luther in Selbyana 12:54-7. 1991 There is some suspicion that Mulford Foster may have hybridised A. eurycorymbus with Portea petropolitana; also it is believed he made crosses with A. blanchetiana. The large-fruited form with elongate open spikes has been in cultivation for more than thirty years under the erroneous name of A. blanchetiana, but should be treated tentatively as x Portemea. This entry 12/2010 compiled by D. Butcher.