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« on: January 11, 2012, 16:48:25 »

Does any one have a picture of Billbergia tweediana in bloom, or have an idea of how big is gets?
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2012, 17:57:21 »

An old name.
http://fcbs.org/butcher/Bill_alfonsi-joannis_vs_maxima.htm
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2012, 02:33:54 »

Thanks, but this doesn't clear anything up for me, the only clear point i can take from this is that tweediana is not maxima.  Are you saying tweediana is synonomous with alfonsi-joannis?

"Under this label, we found written in the hand of C. Mez, who examined the herbarium specimen in March 1893, the following name: Billbergia Tweediana Bak.
We don't know the B.Tweediana Bak, but the description of it given in Baker (1889) and Mez (1931), in their Monographies, doesn't link at all with the plant that we cultivate under the name of B.species maxima barbacena."  -http://fcbs.org/butcher/Bill_alfonsi-joannis_vs_maxima.htm

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012, 05:53:41 »

There's a description here: http://journal.bsi.org/V18/1/


Extract from BSI journal V18 1968
"Billbergia tweedieana Baker, Handb. Bromel. 73. 1889. Leaves green with white spots in a slenderly tubular rosette. Plants often densely aggregated and up to 2 meters high. Scape bracts and floral bracts green and the latter are 3-4 mm. long. The inflorescence is erect and very laxly paniculate. The three varieties are separated primarily on the basis of sepal length. Var. tweedieana has sepals 16-20 mm. long and three times as long as wide. Var. latisepala Smith is characterized by much shorter sepals not over 13 mm. long. Plants with long acute sepals, 24 mm. or longer, have been described as var. minor Smith, this variety is much shorter than the other two. B. tweedieana is presently cultivated to a moderate extent."

There appears to be a few differant forms by variety; the one in the BSI jornal sounds like a big Bill.

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 23:39:08 »

Thanks Rick!
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