A lovely surprise on a saved Neoregelia

cractpotOctober 14, 2008

Hello all, its been a while since I've posted, but still read up most days.

I have a mini Neoregelia that I saved from a friends 'toss pile'.

I picked this one for the lovely zonate patterning.

After our dark and gloomy winter it lost most of its colouring and thats where I got a wonderful surprise!

I had no idea it was variegated, I have absolutely no idea of a name , I was just content to try and grow the squashed pups on, but now that I'm fonder of it LOL I'd dearly love to know what to call her.

Any ideas or suggestions as to whoh she may be would be greatly appreciated.

Nadine.

The zonation does come through to the top of the leaf also, which is how I missed the var. going on at first.

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neomea

Hi cracpot

There is an ampullacea varigated that has "weak" variegation similar to your plant, do you suspect that it may be a hybrids of some kind?

Cheers

Dennis

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 5:05AM
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cractpot

Hi Dennis,

Thanks for that, it could very well be. I wouldn't have thought ampullacea first off, simply because it is a
Larger mini, ummmmmm bigger than a Fireball (should say leggier than LOL)
And much bigger than my amp. but I certainly wouldn't rule out it being a hybrid of.

Thanks again for the input.

Nadine

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 5:22AM
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kerry_t_australia(9)

Hey Nadsy,
I thought the same as Dennis when I saw it. The neo I bought from a north Qld grower as ampullacea variegata looks just like yours. Mine is also considerably bigger than the usual species, which does suggest a bit of hanky-panky...

Cheers,
Kerry

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 5:33AM
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cractpot

Gidday Kezza, long time no type LOL.

Ahhhh two for the amp. variegata it is then.
If yours is the same, size wise Kez then its looking good for it.

We always like a bit 'o' Hanky Panky too *wink*
Thanks again guys n gals
Nadine

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 6:05AM
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neomea

Hi Nadine

Yip agreed, it may be of questionalble origin....and it is normally slightly larger.

Dennis

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 9:55AM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

This is my Neo. ampullacea 'variegated'. I think with a bit more light, yours would color up like this.

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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

P.S. That is in a six inch pot, for size reference.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 11:36AM
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LisaCLV(HI)

6" pot, Kim? Are you sure? Mine would look just about like that in a 4" pot.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 2:13PM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

I just went out to measure the pot: 6 inches diameter at the top. The plant is a bit more than 9 inches tall, measured from the upper rim of the pot.

I got the mother plants from Bird Rock Tropicals years ago, still have the original labels. The mother plants were slightly smaller and less highly colored, presumably the difference between outdoors and shadehouse grown.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 8:21PM
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LisaCLV(HI)

Okay, I believe you, but you must be feeding it the good stuff!

Mine aren't quite that big, but I agree with the others that the pure ampullacea lineage is questionable. It's always looked more like Marnier-Lapostolle to me, so perhaps some zonata snuck into the mix?

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 11:27PM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

"Okay, I believe you, but you must be feeding it the good stuff!"

Not unless that's bougainvillea litter and spiderwebs! : D I have no explanation. I follow the advice of the inimitable Dr. Gonz and "grow 'em hard!"

I understand where you're coming from, all my other ampullacea-type neos are much smaller. I have something sold to me as "Walking Tiger" (tho I can't find this name - resembles 'Tigrina') that is no more than 5 inches tall at best. Then the little red fireballs, a little more robust through the leaves, but still small, 5-inch-ish. I'm probably confusing the issue. Anyway, I'm sticking to my labels that came with the plant.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2008 at 12:46AM
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