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« on: December 06, 2011, 05:52:19 »

Finally pieced together the likely name for this plant from Ecuador.  I thought I took a better shot of the inflorescence, but I guess not.  It was very high, cool, and very moist here.  Although they were fairly exposed, they really seemed to only be near the ravines and streams where the water was running.  Neat plants!

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The angle was pretty good for this one...
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...here is the same picture cropped.  It helps get a better sense of the plant.
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Here one got chopped by the road crew.  But it gives a better view of the structure of the plant.  You can see a bit of the old inflorescences in the leaf axils, particularly the lower side of the plant.
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2011, 07:26:26 »

Andy,

An interesting Brom - I haven't looked at that group before.

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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011, 08:59:47 »

Hi Andy,

Neat pics and interesting plant.  It looks like a fairly moist, soft environment as you've described and there it is, sitting there covered in whacking great big wicked teeth.  I've often wondered why so many broms are so very well armed to repel invaders compared with a lot of other plants, and this one certainly keeps me wondering what the invaders are/were.  I reckon they must have been pretty savage!

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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011, 09:22:55 »

Hi Andy

Great pics and info. I saw some Greigias in Peru high up too. There are some interesting ones in the Heidelberg BG too, including the species from Central America.

Cheers, Pedro
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2011, 16:15:45 »

Thanks guys, we saw a couple of others, but I'm not sure whether they were the same species or not.  I'm pretty sure there was at least 1 other species.

As big as those spines are, they were pretty harmless.  They are overall a pretty 'soft' plant.  In fact, when I saw the first small one I thought it was 'just' a Pitcairnia that had marginal spines all the way up (but then again, I didn't stick my hand down deep into the center of the plant either...).  They seemed to hold a fine line between soft, grassy leaves and firm succulent leaves...while being neither one exactly.

There are supposed to be two species in Mexico that I would love to see.  Now that I have a sense of their habitat it should be a little easier to find...except that I would just be traveling through the area as I doubt there are going to be any Hechtias up in the high altitude cloud forest!
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