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« on: June 03, 2012, 05:38:57 »

Hi

Got this little one at the raffle today, rather pretty.  Curious if anyone might have a name?

It seems to be the smallest one I have, and it is very rubbery and thick, almos like a hose!

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 For comparision, here it is with N punctatissima Rubra on right and Popoki on left
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  Lastly, I am curious - what is the smallest Neo?

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2012, 05:44:25 »

Hi Everyone,

Mike - I can't help you with a name for your plant; and as for the smallest Neo's, I think Neo Lilliputiana would have to be there with some of the smallest. 

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2012, 09:25:10 »

I think Nev's right.  N. lilliputiana is about the smallest I've seen, but there are others that come close.  N. stolonifera, N. dungsiana, and some forms of N. ampullacea like 'Midget' are all pretty tiny. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2012, 11:07:51 »

Any pic's of Neo stolonifera out there? I've not come across this sp here, & the FCBS pic does not show it off very well.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2012, 12:39:58 »

Any pic's of Neo stolonifera out there? I've not come across this sp here, & the FCBS pic does not show it off very well.

Gee, Andrew, I wish I'd taken photos of it when I still had the plant.  That was in pre-digital camera days, however, and it is an unprepossessing little thing.  The FCBS photo doesn't look like it at all to me.  It's grey-green and glossy, forms a lax rosette of just a few thick but narrow leaves, maybe 3 or 4" across, like little spiders on 4 or 5" stolons.  I seem to recall it gets a very faint bluish lavender tinge at anthesis, and the ripe berries (it's a selfer) are brilliant aquamarine.  You wouldn't likely get it confused with anything else. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2012, 20:47:25 »

I'm not sure about your new one, Mike.  There are a lot of different forms of N. ampullacea, and this could be one of them.  The markings do look a bit like 'Rafa', which is quite thick-leaved, but mine doesn't have that high gloss. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2012, 21:14:25 »

more curiousity, mine is about 5 inches tall, with an offset.  When I look at FCbS for Rafa and ampullucea, they look much larger, tho hard to assess,  Am i misextimating the size of the plants in the pictures, - how small do your adult little Neos get.  (is this going to depend on , o no, whether you fertilize or not?)  Mike
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2012, 21:51:26 »

Hi everyone,

Andrew and Lisa - I found a picture of Neo. stolenifera at this site, but never having seen the plant I can't guarantee the picture "fits the plant" in question. What do you think Lisa?

http://www.superstock.com/stock-photography/Neoregelia+stolonifera

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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2012, 02:14:59 »

Nope.  That looks like N. spectabilis, Nev. 
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2012, 02:33:40 »

My Rafa (that's a 4" pot): 
http://www.bromeliadforum.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=1100.0

That's actually one of the larger ampullaceas.  Offhand, I'd put most of them in the 3 to 4" tall range, but I'd have to check. 
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2012, 07:37:52 »

As usual, my estimates were a bit smaller than actual size.  Make that 4 to 5" for an average ampullacea. 

Maybe this photo will help.  L-R:  N. lilliputiana (the smallest Neo I have), ampullacea 'Midget' (one of the smallest amps), and Punctate Red (which I would consider an average sized amp).  I didn't have a pup to cut off, but Rafa is bigger than all of them.  At 6 or 7", it's as much bigger than PR as PR is bigger than Midget.   

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