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« on: October 11, 2011, 02:05:15 »

I'm excited to see my first Pitcairnia flower.  I've been watching this develop and wasn't sure what color it was going to be.  Turns out to be a pretty good looking plant.  Now if I only had another terrestrial in bloom....

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2011, 03:40:49 »

Attractive little Pit, Andy. A leaf shedder too. Any idea of identity? Did you collect it? Cheers, Pedro
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2011, 03:56:14 »

That's a nice looker. I've got red, light blue, green, yellow and orange flowering Pitcairnias. I haven't had them all flower at the same time yet, but it should make a very nice collection.

Don't hesitate to wave some of that Pitcairnia pollen over other Broms. I've been very surprised with the success of my half-hearted attempts to cross with plants in genera that don't start with P.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2011, 04:42:53 »

It is supposed to be P. micheliana.  Looks close enough not to raise my eyebrows, but not sure how variable of a species it is.  Walking around I did find a Deu. longipetala in bloom.  Nothing awe inspiring in that cross, but a fun experiment regardless.  Should be interesting to see how the deciduous nature might be expressed.  Definitely will try to get some pollen for storage.
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2011, 04:50:51 »

Geez, think outside the box/subfamily. I haven't tried Billbergia yet.
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2011, 04:55:18 »

Ha ha...the only other things I have blooming are Tillandsias....and I don't want a dedicuous xPitlandsia/xTillcairnia!  Shocked Shocked Shocked  Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2011, 05:04:56 »

Ah, a Mexican! Looks good for it too, though the only pic I have is a drawing. I'll send your pics to UD to add to his archives if you like though it'll photograph better in few days. I had it once and killed it with kindness! Save me some seed, but you can keep the bigeneric seed, unless it crossed with Puya ramondii (or a Billbergia!!!)! Great plant for a rockery I reckon. Pedro
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2011, 08:49:47 »

Andy its a beautiful flower.    Do Pitcairnia's self pollinate??? mine didnt produce any seeds.


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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2011, 00:50:32 »

Alfina, I'm not sure if they self pollinate.  I would assume that they would, but that is a complete guess.

Pedro...I am really not that good on pegging names on the Pits.  Here is the list of Pits documented in the area of the location (assuming tag was correct):
cylindrostachya
heterophylla
imbricata
jaliscana
loki-schmidtii/schmidtiae
micheliana
oaxacana
palmeri
roseana

From the pictures, descriptions, and herbaria I can find I am not sure it isn't cylindrostachya (the herberium specimen looks pretty close...but is labeled originally as P. jaliscana and updated to cylindrostachya...).  Hard to say what some of these look like.  My skill at reading the descriptions is much stronger on the Hechtias.
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