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« on: January 21, 2011, 08:54:13 »

I have had Wittrockia gigantea  for a year or so - I only stumbled on the flower when I pulled some leaves out of the well.

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2011, 10:51:36 »

Lucky you Rick !...I've read these don't flower that readily, it's brother 'Leopardinum' almost never flowers, well at least not here in NZ. Have you got a carcharodon Tiger or Rainbow in flower ?...If you have, shove that pollen on it and see if you can get some spines the size of T-rex's teeth !..ooooohhhh yeah.
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2011, 11:16:55 »

Graeme,

Great minds must think alike!
I put some Tiger pollen on this morning; it will be interesting to see if it takes.

Leopardinum is on the wishlist.

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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2011, 20:56:28 »

Hi Rick,

WOW ! Look at those teeth  Shocked

Don't forget your mates if and when you get some seed.

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2011, 23:17:27 »

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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2011, 00:03:35 »

Nice specimen, Rick!

I have grown this brom over several generations, and have no trouble flowering it - unlike Witt. Leopardinum.

The thing is, although I have also sold pups of this plant, labelled as Wittrockia gigantea, I have to admit now that it does scream bigeneric. The flush of leaves in centre upon flowering does suggest a Neoregelia could have jumped the fence... and the inflo also has a bigeneric look about it. What think others??

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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2011, 01:25:39 »

Interesting proposition, Kerry, but if it is a bigeneric, what would be its other parent?  The inflo is a bit reminiscent of some of the xNiduregelias, but the trouble is there aren't enough other Wittrockias to compare it with to say that it's clearly an anomaly. 

W. Leopardinum has already been the subject of some speculation as to whether it's a species or hybrid.  Having recently grown a very uniform population from seed, I'm going with species on that one.  Has anyone grown W. gigantea from seed?  Does it come true? 
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2011, 02:11:48 »

The latest BSI journal has an article on Wittrockias with some images of different species. The image of W. gigantea looks different having more bracts around the flowers. I'm growing a batch of W. gigantea seedlings which are all uniform, but yet to flw. Time will tell. Pedro tells me he is writing an article on the plants. Over to you Don Pedro. Attached is a Wittrockia we found growing up in the Organ Mtns where the flood disaster has recently occured. No idea of the name but we were told it was a new collection record being much higher than recorded collections. That doesn't sound right haven't got my terminology correct. The smiling fellow in the photo is Andrew O'Sullivan who found the plant growing down in space between large rocks protected from the very exposed conditions on Mount Sino.

Hi Bruce, somehow your pic got spammed. I have removed it for now...
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2011, 02:21:15 »

Hi Kerry,

I don't have any knowledge of these plants myself, but I've just seen the paper by Leme and Luther in the latest JBS transferring Canistrum flavipetalum into Wittrockia, and it seems that your recognition of the intermediate-ishness (!) of the inflo places you right in the middle of an exalted, prolonged and rather heated debate!  Happy reading  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2011, 02:33:50 »

Woops, sorry Bruce, typing while you were.  That W. g.  I got from you back in November that was one of a large batch of very similar plants around 30-40cm across - I assume that is the seedling batch you refer to?  It really is a beaut plant and doing well, so I'll be really interested to see Pedro's article.  Cheers, Paul
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2011, 11:03:09 »

Here's W. 'Leopardinum' guarding my front door. One of my fave plants...I grow him in full sun to bring out the spots more and get the rose blush on the leaves...very nice me thinks.


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Cheers, Graeme
PS: I got heaps of 'em if you want one Rick...come on over....just bring a carch pup or two with you!
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2011, 11:53:08 »

Rick that is certainly a nice Wittrockia, I hope that the pollen takes and you get lots of seeds.  Nice pics. Shocked  Love those spines.


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