Is this unusual?

devo_2006December 22, 2009

While on a posting roll...I thought I'd post a pic of this neo to ask if the colour pattern in the cup is unusual.

I've been growing a number of my hybrid neo's in the back yard of my mother in laws...the deal is I do the gardening work & I can use the yard a good deal in my book. During the weekend I checked over the plants & this one caught my eye. It's a neo 'Proserpinae' hybrid, & has developed the central cup colour of the parent, but in a marmorated pattern. I'm not sure I've come across purple marmoration before?

This plant is not in "showroom condition" as it's been grown hard, no shade, & squashed in with many others...but I'll now give it a bit of TLC and look after the pups.

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I think hard grown marmoratas will get that color. My Neo Inca can look just like that at times.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2009 at 7:27AM
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What was the other parent, Andrew?

There have been plenty of crosses between concentrica types and marmorates resulting in purplish marmoration, so that in itself is not so unusual, but some are better than others. Your plant shows wide leaves and compact form, emarginate tips, and the darker older leaves give it a fairly finished look, all of which are good things. It would be easier to evaluate its relative merits if it were in better condition, but I'd put it in the "keeper" group.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2009 at 12:58PM
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Lisa, can you give me the names of a couple of the better plants with purple marmoration? IÂd just like to look them upÂif I can get into FCBS database ;-(Âand see how they compare. As you say there are plenty of concentrica / marmorated hybridsÂbut I just canÂt picture any.

The other parent would best be described as Neoregelia hybrid ;-). It was purchased from a local brom nursery that specialises in landscape broms, & was selected due to its good form, nice deep brick red colour with fine spotting. I used Prosperpinae as the mother plant, & the marmorated hybrid as pollen parent based on the theory of the mother plant giving size & form, with the pollen parent adding colour.

Here are some more of the hybrids out of that grex. They are now just over 5 yrs on from seed, & these few were selected out of the batch a couple of years ago, as they showed good form, with nice wide leaves, & that concentrica leaf tip, which is a feature I like.

This is probably closest to the pollen parent.

Another showing nice compact form.

And this one is developing a nice bright centre flush as it comes into flower, so looks like itÂs held its spot in with the keepers.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2009 at 2:58PM
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Fairy Tale and Africa are two that come immediately to mind, Andrew.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2009 at 9:31PM
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Hi Andrew and Lisa

My fav purpully Neo is Sun Valley....

I like your second pink number!


    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 2:43AM
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