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« on: December 22, 2012, 01:19:33 »

Lisa, here is my plant I have tagged as Neo. farinosa. The inflo seemed overly large when I got it (just post flowering) and as you can see undersides of the leaves has some silvery scurf.

Looking at the description of farinosa and pics on FCBS, you are correct, farinosa's sepals should be greenish, so I think mine has to be some sort of hybrid ? The inflo and scurf does have that "species" look about it though, and I've never seen any other hybrid around here the same as this...so it has me a bit stumped really Huh

Anyone else recognise this plant ?

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2012, 05:05:30 »

Hmm...... I'm not sure what the heck you've got there, Graeme.  It does have that species look about it, and certainly has the scurf.  Those red sepals are unusual, though, more like something you'd see in compacta or Macwilliamsii. 

I'm not totally sure about my plant either.  It came tagged as roseo-striata or roseo-lineata, not farinosa.  In fact I bought two different plants tagged as such from different growers on a trip to California.  One was glossier with narrower leaves and bolder stripes, which I figured was a hybrid and gave away.  Mine looked more species-y to me, but unfortunately the red stripes seem to come and go on it.  You can't see them at all in this picture, and oddly enough it looks more glossy here than it does to the eye.  The flowers are pretty distinct from carolinae, and you can see the reddish-brownish-greenish sepals.  It doesn't match Uncle D's photo of farinosa either, but I don't know how much variation there is in the species. 

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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012, 09:23:17 »

I have 2 plants tagged as farinosa (?) Both were purchased from collections with no firm ID, and they're different to your plant Graeme.

The first is some 60cm in diameter, & I tagged it as farinosa as it looks like the plant pictured in Andrew Steens book, "Bromeliads for the Contemporary Garden" p114. Andrew says the plant was in NZ collections originally as Neo. pineliana, but it's most likely farinosa.

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The second looks just the same, except it only grows to half the size of the first type.
This one is a bit beat up, I just pulled it out of the garden to take a pic, & as luck would have it...its about to flower.

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