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Author Topic: Possible Vriesea? ID help please  (Read 487 times)
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« on: May 16, 2012, 10:30:24 »

HI All,

Another requiring some experienced eyes to peruse please...

A relatively inexperienced nursery staff member mentioned this one was labelled as a Vriesea by others...

Pup -stolon seems long, but the pup itself was held very close to the mother plant, with no space between the plants
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Quite a compact little Brom, with minimal central tank visible, taken up by emerging leaves
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Very thin leaves to 10mm diameter, not very rigid, tapering to a soft, yet tip
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Mother plant, notably wider base to leaf, foliage held upright, which caught my eye
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Mother plant, old spent flower, with branching spike. Old flower bracts were soft, not hard as with some Tillandsias
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I look forward to hearing what this one might be! Any suggested notes on culture would be greatly appreciated too!

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Erik
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Gnarly dude!


« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2012, 14:44:05 »

V. flammea?
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2012, 09:35:09 »

Branched spike makes me think of Raemaur Flame .
flammea for me is a smaller spotty species Gonz.
I have a few different similar looking stoloniferous Vrieseas .
One has purple bases and I whacked one in the fork of a tree a few years ago , and have been very surprised at how well it has handled lots of full sun .
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These are fairly easy to grow Eric . Maybe let one form a clump in a pot .
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2012, 11:30:41 »

Hi Gonzer,

Heres a pic of my Vriesea flammea, it too is an interesting critter.
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Michael,
Interesting looking Vriesea of your own. It looks like you might have a Vr. 'Komet'? I'm sure the Melbourne sun would scorch the soft foliage on this one, though, point taken, I believe letting it form a clump is a good idea... now for making space... thanks for your suggestion.

I need to stop purchasing plants with uncertain ID's, makes cultural applications questionable.
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