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« on: April 12, 2013, 23:09:09 »

Sorry for the crummy photos. Thanks aforehand!
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013, 03:27:45 »

Ah, so that is what the bloom looks like.  I'd say there is some Ae. distichantha in there.  Maybe crossed with something softer and more floppy.  Not as impressive as I was hoping it would be.  Good grower though...
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013, 12:52:21 »

Hi Gonz,

It might be Aechmea Pink Panther, other pics on FCBS.

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2013, 19:56:38 »

Could it be Ae. wittmackiana?  Just a guess. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013, 00:21:52 »

Hmm...thanks for the guesses folks but I'm not seein' it. Look closely near the leaf bases in the clump photo and you'll see banding reminiscent of Bill. vittata (for want of a better example).
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 01:54:52 »

Ae. wittmackiana has that.  Looks at the Ken Marks photo on FCBS. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2013, 09:52:05 »

Leaf tips fit wittmackiana
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2013, 19:57:57 »

Ken's photo shows a superb looking plant. The basal striations aren't nearly as pronounced on my clump but I'm betting ocean influence and full sun play a factor.
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2013, 00:52:44 »

Well, after perusing the article about the whitmackiana/distichantha complex and comparing photos, this one matches up nicely with Derek's shot under A. distichantha.

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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2013, 02:24:00 »

Hi gonzer, interesting can of worms  Shocked 

I just had a bit of a read too and I reckon you're probably right.  I also had a look in S&D and another characteristic in their descriptions was for floral bracts "about equalling the ovary" in distichantha compared to "much exceeding the ovary" in wittmackiana.  Your plant looks very much like it has floral bracts (dark red at the base of each flower) extending about half way up the flower with the paler sepals extending way past that, and with the descriptions for both plants indicating the junction of ovary and sepals about half way up the flower, that makes your plant look pretty good for distichantha and not very good at all for wittmackiana. 

The UD/PF article didn't dwell on that particular characteristic, but it has been used as a diagnostic feature more generally in the platyaechmea and elsewhere with more consistency than sparse/full development of the inflo or leaf shape, both of which can be very variable.  So, for what that is worth, it backs up the id. of your plant as distichantha ...... although the can of worms is still looking pretty wriggly  Smiley

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