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« on: November 28, 2011, 09:23:59 »

An interesting pitcairnia opened its first flowers tonight.  I saw that the buds looked big enough to open this morning and almost forgot to check if they were open tonight.  There is a slight fragrance that is slightly acrid/putrid...but not too bad (...but I do also like to go around smelling my stapelias!).

The buds this morning
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011, 11:07:11 »

Hi Andy

Certainly an interesting species - reminds me of some Puyas. Can you post a pic of the whole plant in bloom? Did you collect it?

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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2011, 18:18:29 »

Here is the whole plant.  Very hard to get a decent photo of a plant with a long spike like this.  the leaves are at least 50cm long, petals ~7cm, sepals and floral bracts both 3cm (an glabrous).  The top half+ of the inflo broke off...it is a little top heavy and I think a cat was exploring around the pot.  The piece that broke off had at least 25 buds, but part that remains has over 20 buds.

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The leaf bases have a few small spines that I didn't even notice until this picture.  The underside of the leaves are very fuzzy.

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I saw another night-blooming Pit down in Jalisco...very frustrating.  I was hoping to see it in bloom as I knew it was the right season this time.  I went back to the plant 3 days and never caught flowers open.  Interesting that unlike the red, daytime blooming species in Mexico that have flowers densely packed, both this one and the one in Jalisco have the flowers spaced out and look to open wide for the moths/bats (or whoever pollinates it at night).
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2012, 08:26:51 »

I believe a whole host of Puya are now Pitcairnia.  I can't remember where I saw it but it was somewhere on the interwebs - might have been Brom-L.  I must say I am taking a liking to these Pitcairnia.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2012, 05:24:37 »

I think you may be thinking of some Pits that look to be actually Puyas.  It doesn't look like this is going to be one of them as the leaves are deciduous.  But the leaves are going to be sent off for DNA testing here in a couple of weeks...
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2012, 08:57:09 »

A herd of Puya have now been transferred to Pitcairnia - Puya laxa is now Pitcairnia laxa for example.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2012, 02:35:15 »

Really?  Wow.  I'd love to see the source if you come across that again.  Puya laxa?  I would guess something like mirabilis or something but never laxa.  That would sure be peculiar.
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2012, 04:36:02 »

Can you provide a reference to the work that wants to reclassify the puyas? Google shows nothing for Pitcairnia laxa.
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2012, 10:06:22 »

Hi Guys

I'd like to see that info also as I have asked about it and there seems to be no rumours around regarding a switch either way in Puya or Pitcairnia.

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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2012, 14:51:43 »

There is work being done that is looking into switching some Pits to Puyas (absolutely sure), but still in the works so no use talking about that yet.  Should be published not too far in the future.
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