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Author Topic: Neoregelia compacta and "look-a- likes"  (Read 197 times)
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« on: March 16, 2016, 08:14:51 »

Hi everyone.

On another thread Neo compacta was mentioned, and a member said she had a larger plant that looked similar but she wasn't sure of the name, so I've started this thread so we can all post our pic's of our Neo. compacta plants and others that look similar but have different or no names.

Probably the most common trait of Neo. compacta is it's ability to "climb" up a tree or over things such as garden shed, old tree stumps or just up the inside corner of a fence. Although it's easily recognised by its bright red centre, there are other plants that look very similar from a distance.

Here is Neo compacta demonstrating its ability to climb trees.

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This is a picture of one of my Neo compacta plants which I growing beneath 75% beige shade cloth

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This is a division from the same plant growing beneath 75% green shade cloth.

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A bit more from the same plant with part under 75% beige shade cloth and the lower part which gets full unprotected sun all day

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This is a plant I bought named as Neo macwilliamsii; note the dark area on the leaves where the red meets the green. Can anyone confirm that it is macwilliamsii?

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This next picture was sent to me by a friend of his plant of Macwilliamsii which is grown in full unprotected sun all day; note the fine spotting.

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This next picture is of a similar looking plant I have called Neo. eltoniana

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Just to throw a spanner in the works, this was a plant of Neo. compacta grown very hard in full unprotected sun which for some reason decided to produce a pup with this unusual banding; the remainder of the plant can be seen with plain green leaves on he right.

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I do have an unregistered hybrid which looks a bit similar with a formula name of Neo. 'Martin' x 'Scarlet Charlotte'. It looks nothing like the pictures of either parent on the BCR, nor is it a climber like compacta, but it does clump up OK.

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Now that's my little lot, let's see some of yours.

All the best, Nev
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2016, 12:36:55 »

Think it may be Macwilliamsii. Will get a pic tomorrow.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2016, 12:54:15 »

Yes that's what it is. Similar, but a bigger plant than Compacta and loves to climb.
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