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« on: November 19, 2015, 09:26:29 »

I saw a Shell Dance in flower today. It is definitely a Neo.
I have asked for pics to be emailed to me and will post them when I get them
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2015, 21:43:32 »

H everyone.

That's good news Sunshine, at last it's been tracked down while in flower. I'm looking forward to seeing the flowers.

All the best, Nev.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2015, 03:31:19 »

Shelldance in flower.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2015, 20:11:22 »

Hi everyone.

Sunshine - Would you believe that on Sunday, only a few days after you posted the info that you'd seen Neo.'Shelldance' in flower, we had a garden visit from our local Bromeliad Society and I overheard one of the members saying to another, "mine's never flowered for me" and when I looked to see what they were talking about, it was one of my smaller plants of Neo. 'Shelldance' coming into flower.

If it hadn't been for them I would never have noticed it as the plant was in among a batch of plants I was getting ready for a brom sale and had been squeezed into an out of the way corner to make more space. I immediately checked on my other three plants to see if they were flowering as well, but no; it was only the one that had been earmarked to sell.

Needless to say, it won't be getting sold now and I have time to think what I can cross it with when the flowers finally open. What about the rest of you, any ideas?

All the best, Nev.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2015, 20:43:59 »

Nice plant Sunshine. I have been looking into the genealogy of the plant. Fairy Paint is a cultivar of unknown parentage, and Shelldance is a seedling from Fairy paint and unknown pollen donor. To me it looks more like a bigeneric than pure Neo. The extended spike does not remind me of many neos that do that. A genetic mutation can also come into play.

But I am only speculating and welcome correction.

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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2015, 21:22:10 »

Hi all, its certainly good to see another photo of this plant at flowering, many thanks Sunshine. Not sure if its my eyesight but it would be great if poss Sunshine to get a close up of the individual flower ?. The flower/raised crown/central spear shaped leaves here does look different compared to a typical neo to me from what I can see but Im no botantist.
, but my bet would be on it been a bigeneric.

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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2015, 21:05:40 »

Hi everyone.

The answer to the puzzle goes on; is Shelldance a Neoregelia or as some believe, a bi-generic hybrid, or more specifically a xNeotanthus as suggested at a meeting of the Bromeliad Society of South Australia.

Andrew Steens in his book 'Bromeliads the Connoisseur's Guide' suspects it is simply an extreme variation of 'Fairy Paint’ (The seed parent) and compares it to Neo ‘Burnsie’s Spiral’ as well as his tissue cultured sport of Neo. ‘Purple Star’ which has since been registered as Neoregelia ‘Exotica Purple Wave’.
See:   http://registry.bsi.org/?genus=NEOREGELIA&id=10053#10053

I too have a small plant that came to me in a swap as a Neoregelia and clearly isn’t. It came with the name tag of Neo. ‘Kel’, and although it is unregistered, I know it’s widely grown in Queensland and was possibly bred in that state, however all of this is supposition as there is no written evidence to support it. My belief is that it’s possibly a small xNeomea hybrid, but I guess just like Neo ‘Shelldance’, we’ll never know for sure.

What I do know is that with a combination of stored Neoregelia and Nidularium pollen, plus the fact that both Neo.’Kel’ and Neo. ‘Shelldance’ are both flowering at present, there will be a lot of different crosses done as well as a few “selfings” in the near future.

All the best, Nev.

Neoregelia or xNeomea 'Kel'

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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2015, 02:08:30 »

Your 'Kel' is clearly a bigeneric Nev.
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