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sunshine_qldFebruary 16, 2009

I need a couple of IDS please.

Thanks

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LisaCLV(HI)

A Billbergia and two Vrieseas, but beyond that...... ?

First one could be either a form of B. amoena or a hybrid of it, not sure but the flower has an amoena-y look.

The Vrieseas are probably hybrids. At first I thought the middle one might be a species like rodigasiana or michaelii, but it doesn't quite match, and looking at the leaves, especially the heavy texture and purplish underside, makes me think it's more likely a saundersii hybrid of some sort.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 1:27PM
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splinter1804

Hi sunshine,
The first one's a Billbergia but I don't know which one.
The second one looks like a Vriesea Saundersii that's had too much light and the last one could be one of the many commercially produced Vriesea hybrids.

Sorry I can't be of more help, all the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 2:47PM
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sunshine_qld

Thanks and the 2nd one could be saundersii as it is in sun most of the day.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 5:11AM
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neomea

One of my favorite Vriesias is saundersii!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 8:38AM
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LisaCLV(HI)

It's not pure saundersii. Vr. saundersii has very grey foliage with purple spots, and the rachis is yellow, not red. A saundersii HYBRID, however, particularly one with rodigasiana, would make perfect sense.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 12:23PM
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kerry_t_australia(9)

Sunshine - I agree with Lisa that your second brom could be either Vr. rodigasiana or a hybrid with Vr. rodigasiana and saundersii as parents. On the fcbs photo index, a couple of examples of Vr. rodigasiana have yellow bracts (more like yours), while other examples show red bracts. Yours has not started flowering yet, so maybe those bracts will colour more red as it develops?
Here are a couple of photos of mine for you to compare.

Vriesea rodigasiana (with red bracts, and post flowering)

Vriesea saundersii - see the different foliage

I agree with Nev that your third brom looks like one of the many commercially mass-produced vriesea hybrids - possibly with carinata in its parentage?

I don't know what billbergia you have there - sorry.

Cheers,
Kerry

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 6:14PM
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splinter1804

Hi everyone,

Well there you go, I'm still learning from the girls.

Thanks Lisa, I didn't know the red bit was called the rachis, I always just called it the flower spike, I guess a hangover from my orchid growing days.

Never to old to learn, all the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 2:03PM
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