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Author Topic: Another Guzmania i.d. welcome  (Read 695 times)
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« on: November 26, 2011, 18:35:02 »

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Two weekends ago, I bought this nice little Guzmania at the "Bromeliad Bash" in Encinitas, California.  [It was a great event put on by the San Diego B.S. and the San Diego Botanic Garden.]  The plant was labeled Guzmania stenostachya.  On the BSI and other sites, that plant is plain green and has a longer red inflorescence.  This looks like cloudforest Guzmanias that I have seen fallen from their perches in Panama, Peru and Ecuador.  But maybe someone has a possible i.d.  The plant I have is 28 cm wide x 18 cm high.  It's green, suffused with red, and the center of the rosette has narrow red striations in the leaves.  This last feature is why I snapped it up.  As you can see, the flowers barely open, and the whitish-chartreuse petals are hard to make out.  I can't see how a hummingbird would get to the flower opening!  Any help would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2011, 03:53:14 »

Hi Scott

It is an interesting Guz. Perhaps it's a white form of a normally red species, though there are many Guz spp.

Below is what I collected as Guz stenostachya in Costa Rica, confirmed by Harry. Very different!

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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2011, 00:03:42 »

Great photos.  I like how the scape makes a bend or hook to the side.
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2011, 05:23:19 »

It always flowers like that! You should post the pics on florapix. Cheers, Pedro
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2011, 19:24:48 »

Scott

Think you might have Guzmania filiorum. I think it also is from Costa Rica. I saw something very close to it growing in dense shade on a hike there. At the time I never went to the trouble to figure out what it was. So happens I was looking through Bromeliaceae 3 by Francisco Oliva-Esteve and came across a picture that looks very close to your plant on page 75. Check it out.

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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2011, 22:20:54 »

Great detective work, Bob, looks spot on and also matches well with the herbarium specimen and description. From Cerro Campana, Panama. If I saw a non-blooming plant I might have thought 'Werauhia' too!

Scott, do you mind if I pass the pics on to Derek Butcher and Eric Gouda as a record of this species. Can you ask the San D BG for an accession number?

Cheers, Pedro
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2011, 22:32:09 »

Thanks Bob.  I'll check out Guzmania filiorum in the book.  Pedro, sure you can pass on the photos.  Do you want me to email the original jpegs to you?
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