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Species that can hold their own against any hybrid

Posted by lisaclv HI (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 16, 06 at 16:09

You know, hybrids are great, but sometime's it's really hard to improve on Mother Nature.

Vriesea platynema v.variegata:

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Vr. gigantea 'Nova':

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Werrauhia kupperiana:

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Neoregelia johannis 'De Rolf':

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Neo. "Shiigi's melanodonta"-- probably not the true Neo. melanodonta, as Harry Luther says that all material grown under that name is probably Neo. concentrica-- but still a species, not a hybrid:

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And my favorite favorite FAVORITE........ Neo. carcharodon 'Tiger':

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  • Posted by patris 9 Gulf Coast (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 16, 06 at 16:25

Thanks Lisa for that kaleidoscope of colors and texture.
My collection is growing as we speak and with each new picture so is my want list.
I just cannot get over the beauty of these plants!!!
Patris


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  • Posted by bob740 zone 6 ,NY (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 16, 06 at 16:48

Wow,Lisa...speechless. That Vr.platynema variegata is my all time favorite vriesea. And thats the absolute best photo I've ever seen of it.Thank you ! Bob


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That Vriesea platynema v.variegata is stunning. i also see where Kawika got some traits


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Thanks for the pics Lisa. Great stuff. Scary thought...what if those images were flashed on giant stage screens, say, like a Pink Floyd concert or the old laser light shows from the 70's? The gray matter'd be floating in the aisles!


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I think I was at that concert, gonzer! At any rate my gray matter is still floating around somewhere, and looking at these things doesn't help. I used to be an art student, but I quit when I came to the conclusion that even the simplest things in nature were far more complex and interesting than anything my fellow students and I were likely to turn out in our lifetime. The hybridizing thing is just my way of keeping one foot in both worlds.

Yes, I'm sure that is Kawika's daddy, hdd. I don't know if that's the same "melanodonta" that Michael is selling, or where David got the plant from in the first place, but Ray picked up a pup from me and I'm sure he'll make good use of it. Slow growing bugga, though, and I've never seen it bloom.

Vr. platynema variegata is one of the all-time greats, I agree. It actually has kind of a nice-looking flower too, at least when it's still in the buddy stage. Most of the foliage-type Vrieseas have fairly ugly flowers. It makes some nice hybrids, but I don't think any of them is really any better than the original, just different.


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These pictures belong on the FCBS site


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I have just confirmed with Michael, that's the same Neo. "Shiigi's melanodonta" he carries and I am getting one soon. Hehe.


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I have a couple of melandonta ..very nice plants...so are the plutonis


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Bringing back this post was appropriate since I took these photos of the very plain Billbergia elegans in full glory.

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Wowsers, gonzer! But are you sure that's just plain old elegans, and if so, where did you get it? Mine has a rather sparse upright flower like the ones on FCBS. Yours looks like it could be elegans crossed back to Windii, or some such thing.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bill. elegans


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All the plants are from a single plant I got from Birdrock years ago. Here's another clump flowering more like you mentioned Lisa. This is one species that can easily get out of hand.

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