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« on: May 21, 2012, 16:52:43 »

I have an interesting and odd little Puya blooming.  First time blooming for me and I saw the inflos forming, but expected them to extend further.  Looks like it will be a quick bloomer so I'm glad I saw the petals.  Anyone have a clue as to what it is?

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2012, 04:18:35 »

Puya butcheriana on FCBS looks close.

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2012, 04:23:24 »

Yup, looks pretty darn close.  The spikes are probably short this year as it was just divided this winter and might not even be re-rooted yet.  Oddly, the petals seem much more green today than these ones from yesterday.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2012, 05:50:01 »

If it has green petals, it could be Puya hromradnikii.
A tiny Puya, smaller than P. humilis.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2012, 05:58:33 »

Hi Guys

Puya butcheriana was put into synonym with Puya humilis which should have petals: dark violet blue with white base.

Puya tunarensis has petals dark violet blue with greenish base.

This makes me wonder about your plant with petals "much more green today" also it doesn't have the recurved floral bracts of tunarensis.

Your plant maybe hybrid Huh?
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2012, 07:19:19 »

You beat me to the chase Ross!  I double checked and I did tag it.  It is a hybrid: Puya humilis x aff. humilis.  The color must just have been in odd light, but I will pull apart a flower tomorrow or the next day.  They were still teal-green, but didn't seem nearly as blue as the first day.  Next time I get a chance I will get the story of the two parent plants...it was a whirlwind when I got it and unfortunately did not take good notes as I had a 5ish hour drive in the dark...including crossing through LA.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2012, 09:13:26 »

Hi Guys

There was once confusion as to the identity between Puya humilis and Puya tunarensis and Puya butcheriana this was finally sorted and an article written in J. Brom. Soc. Vol.52 (4) : 158 - 165, 2002.

Andy if you haven't got that Journal and want the article PM me and I can forward it to you. Unfortunately 2002 isn't in the BSI archives.

I tend to feel your aff. was probably tunarensis, maybe butcheriana, you can work that one out.

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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2012, 06:59:14 »

Thanks, I do have that Journal and will dig it out to read it over.  I pulled the flower apart and it does have the white base.  I'll try to process the pictures to post tomorrow...
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2012, 04:21:45 »

Finally remembered to upload the pictures...

See how much more teal the petals appear here?
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But when pulling it apart they look good and dark.
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And here is a medium sized Puya.  Clearly closely related, but too large to be Puya humilis, right?
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