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jhans4August 23, 2008

Does anyone have any idea what this little gem is? I picked it up off of a raffle table and no one could tell me what the little devil is. It is only about 3-4 inches tall and has the shape of A recurvata but the texture and coloring are oh so different. Ive moved it to the shade where it has greened up but when it wqs getting more light it was a solid deep purple.

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It's another one of those Neos in the hylaeicum group. Not sure which one, could be a hybrid.

I think the size is about right for N. leviana, although it doesn't really resemble either the FCBS photos or Tropiflora's (see below). Of course those photos don't resemble each other either, so maybe it's a variable species? N. mooreana and peruviana are also smaller members of that group, and there is a dark red form of mooreana, but neither of those species has cup color, as far as I know. Maybe a hybrid with N. pendula?


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    Bookmark   August 23, 2008 at 3:49PM
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mike4284m(z10b Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

My initial thought was some sort of Neo. pendula hybrid too. Being that it's on the small side maybe it hasn't taken an "adult form" yet? I dunno.

Here's a picture that Michael Kiehl took of his Neo. mooreana 'Black'. Your plant looks a bit too squat to be a mooreana but maybe it was just the growing conditions.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2008 at 6:56PM
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bromeliaddict(z6 MI)

It could be Neo. 'Morona'. Mine's blooming now, The photo I have is a from a few generations back in Sep. 2000. There are also a couple of photos on fcbs that you can compare with your plant.


    Bookmark   August 23, 2008 at 11:15PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm starting to some resemblance. I guess the true test will be when it infloreses.


    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 11:03PM
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