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« on: September 21, 2010, 00:31:40 »

I don't see a place for bigenerics, so this will have to do. 

I found a surprise hidden behind the leaves of this very large plant yesterday: 


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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2010, 04:10:24 »

Lisa,

That is a nice looking bigeneric.

Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2010, 22:33:35 »

Hi everyone,

Always something new and different.

"Long live the hybridizer"

All the best, Nev.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2010, 05:53:22 »

You say it is a very large plant...........but how big?  I was looking at the xAnameas recently and was curious.  What are the vertical and lateral dimensions.  Is it a pretty interesting plant overall even when not blooming?
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2010, 07:16:04 »

I'll have to go measure it, Andy.  It's not enormous (probably somewhere between 3 and 4 ft tall?), it's just that it's up on the bench in a corner of the shadehouse, and I don't normally keep the larger Aechmeas etc. up on benches.  Aechmea tayoensis is up there too, and that one has gotten even bigger, or at least wider.  I had to find a low light spot for both of those, and put them in large pots and feed them heavily because they just don't seem to like being grown hard.  The leaf tips on the xAnamea turn yellow much too easily, but it seems happier in that darkish corner than it was in more light.  I know that Ae. tayoensis is a forest floor species, so that explains that one, but I'm not sure why Raspberry Ice is so touchy.  The parents are Ae. serrata and An. comosus, and both of those can take some sun.  Maybe it's because it's bigeneric; that can often result in a sort of congenital weakness. 

At any rate, if well grown it's quite pretty with its high gloss and pale pink margins.  The leaves are mostly smooth margined, but little patches of spines will show up here and there.  You can see that on the FCBS pics:  http://fcbs.org/cgi-bin/dbman/db.cgi?db=photo&uid=default&photono=2944&ww=on&mh=5&view_records=View+Records

Here's a photo of a younger specimen taken at Michael's: 
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