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Author Topic: Mezobromelia capituligera  (Read 1878 times)
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« on: December 08, 2011, 03:05:22 »

Hi All

Starting to look a little more impressive as it gets taller. We had great weather as it emerged but had a couple of really hot dry weeks that would have stressed it. Thankfully we are having more cool wet weather.
I'll update it as it starts to flower.

cheers Bruce
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2011, 03:19:47 »

Looking good Bruce. Love to get hold of one of these. Hopefully seed will be produced from this
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2011, 22:36:05 »

Yeah, I'd love a seedling of any Mezo -- but especially capituligera!  I have asked around here in California and I get are blank looks and wishes of good luck in finding any.  I wonder how long the whole flowering process takes and how many weeks does the inflorescence holds its red color.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2011, 06:38:24 »

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I'll keep you posted and then I'll post you some, provided they self.

cheers Bruce
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2011, 06:54:37 »

The Mezo's look like an interesting group. How would they cope in Aucklands climate?
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2011, 07:16:48 »

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They would love it. In the bush they are up the hill a bit so 24' during the day and cool nights 12-15' close to the equator.
Similar conditions to patterned leaf Vrieseas
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2011, 07:38:15 »

Sounds good....I've not seen any Mezo's here.

Put my name on some seed if you get any  Tongue

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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2011, 08:49:35 »

Being Tillandsioidae these would have a show of crossing sucessfully with vrieseas or alcantareas etc. Are you going to give it a go Bruce? Also are there any really spectacular other species of this genus also living 'up the hill' and therefore compatible with our NZ climate, Bruce?
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2011, 02:29:40 »

Hi Mitche

There are other sp. that would do well for you in NZ. That moderate climate tending to cool would suit them to a tee.
M lyman-smithii is a monster from Ecuador and M. pleiosticha is another I saw in Peru that share similar growing conditions.
Same with this undescribed sp. from Colombia
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As far as hybridising goes I'm hard pressed to do patterned leaf Vrieseas. I think it might be best to send it to Pedro to work his magic on it.
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2011, 07:29:05 »

Looking good Bruce. Love to get hold of one of these. Hopefully seed will be produced from this
+1 - this one will certainly be popular plant amoungst the collectors here in OZ. Can't wait!
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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2011, 10:32:56 »

Thanks Bruce, and also for the tantalising habitat shots.
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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2011, 02:30:15 »

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« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2011, 07:59:28 »

Simply stunning Bruce. Thanks for the update
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« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2011, 16:49:06 »

Great intense color!
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« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2011, 16:53:20 »

Very cool.  If I was a Violet-tailed Sylph hummingbird, that photo would make my mouth water.  (or something along those lines).  Seriously though, the hummingbirds we saw in Ecuador LOVED this plant.  Merry Christmas, all.
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