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image by Dirk Schönberger,
A blue-yellow-green horizontal tricolour with the municipal arms in the centre.
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Dirk Schönberger, 19 February 2012
The municipality of Imbé (17,667 inhabitants in 2010; 39 sq. km) is located in the coastal Porto Alegre Metropolitan Area, 130 km of Porto Alegre.
The municipality of Imbé was established by State Law No. 8,600 of 9 May 1988, following a plebiscite organized on 10 April 1988, and inaugurated on 1 January 1989. Imbé is named for the imbé, a local species of philodendron. According to recent taxonomical studies, the Latin binomial Philodendron imbe Schott ex Kunth. has been used for at least three different species of Philodendron; P. imbe is a rare and possibly extinct species from the Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro State which has not been correctly identified in any collections made since 1860 (Mayo SJ, Sakuragui M. 2011. Typification and interpretation of Philodendron imbe Schott ex Kunth (Araceae). Taxon 60, 1764-1767).
The flag of Imbé has for colors:
- celeste blue, representing the sky and the water of the rivers and lagunas;
- yellow, or golden-yellow, representing richness and the beaches;
- flag green, representing vegetation, the plant for which the municipality was named, and the water of the ocean.
[The image above should be corrected, since the
description of the flag states that the stripes shall be of the same
height. This is clearly shown on the photo of the flag contributed to
The coat of arms is "a Portuguese shield, divided per fess by a dark
brown stripe bordered by wavy lines representing irregular rocks
standing at the mouth of river Tramandaí. On the rocks are five
branches vert (green) of imbé, the namesake of the municipality and a
surf board placed diagonally, symbolizing the sport enjoyed by the
youth on the ocean. Dexter a grey fish hanging to a fishing line. Over
the rocks a rising sun or (yellow) on a background azure (blue)
meaning the mergence of the municipality and the blue sky. In base a
gray dolphin, commonly found in the ocean, especially at the mouth of
The white scroll under the shield is inscribed with the name of the
municipality and the dates of its establishment ('09-05-88') and
inauguration ('01-01-89'). The scroll is placed over a fishing net
supporting the shield.
The shield is surmounted by a black and grey bridge crown, symbolizing
unity and harmony with the other municipalities.
Ivan Sache, 25 March 2012