December 9, 2010

Aechmea ? Is now Aechmea bromeliifolia

Anyone know the name of this Aechmea

I have had this plant for a long time. It's a large plant about 3 feet tall or so .

UPDATE 12/14/10

Got a name from Eric Gouda and said it is a Aechmea bromeliifolia, I think he is correct.

November 5, 2010

Disocactus amazonicus

Disocactus amazonicus
Synonym: Wittiocactus panamensis, Wittia amazonica, Wittiocactus amazonicus, Wittia panamensis

This is the only Epiphytic cactus I have, most get way to large. Just love the pink tubular flowers, with bluish tips that barely open.

Scale and mealy also loves this plant. Scale, I think love it the most I have to always keep my eyes open to keep them off.

Wittia amazonica - Disocactus amazonicus

October 26, 2010

When will dyckia's flower?

When will dyckia's flower? Well for me most will flower in the spring and some in the summer. But I do have few that will flower in the fall (10/25/2010).

I should add I'm in the Northern Hemisphere. Some of the people who look at my blog are in the  Southern Hemisphere, but it's October everywhere.

They are:

 Dyckia goiana sp goiana
Flowers have not opened yet so no photo
 Dyckia Icicle
 Dyckia Icicle
 Dyckia marnier-lapostollei
 Dyckia marnier-lapostollei
Dyckia sp Leme EL 1992
Flowers have not opened yet so no photo

October 5, 2010

Dyckia Icicle

I just picked this plant up this last weekend, it is in a 10 inch pot.

I was at Tropiflora's Fall Festival  but I did  not get this from Tropiflora but from some other vendor who never has dyckia's.

It has 2 flower stalks coming and the best part it was only $18. It was the only dyckia he had.

September 28, 2010

Orthophytum supthutii or Lapa duartei


A little infor. about Orthophytum's
Orthophytum comprises 41 or 56 species (number depends on who you believe), An Alphabetical List of Bromeliad Binomials has only 41 and 7 varieties ) and seven varieties forming two easily distinguished
groups: one with a well-developed scape, informally called
the scapose inflorescence complex  and
the other group referred to as the sessile inflorescence complex.

The latter is further subdivided into three subcomplexes:
“subcomplex amoenum,”
“subcomplex vagans”
“subcomplex supthutii”

Orthophytum supthutiiis now Lapa duarteana

Wish I could tell the difference between them or what they may look like.  Which one's do I have in the photo's?
If anyone has photos showing the difference send them and I'll post it here.

Orthophytum supthutii is now Lapa duartei
Only 2 only 2 plant are in this new family they are:
Lapa duartei
Lapa itambensis

Lapa duartei

Orthophytum horridum

Orthophytum lucidum


 xOrthotanthus is a  bigeneric hybrid 

It is a Cryptanthus microglazioui x Orthophytum navioides
A NEW RELEASE  at 2010 World Bromeliad Conference.
This is not the first time this cross has been done, but is the first time by Michael Kiehl,  Nat DeLeon and I think Steve Hoppin also did the same cross.
That’s what shows but with * by Steve Hoppin name,
have no idea why.
Nat DeLeon cross was named  xOrthotanthus 'Blazing Bonsai'
Steve Hoppin I don't know if he named it when he did.
Sorry I don't have a photo of it when it was at it's best.

But it turns bright red with a lime green center. The flowers
are large and white petals. The base of the plant is surprisingly fat.

UPDATE 12/14/10

Tropiflora now had this plant for sale and they say it is a Hummel hybrid of unknown parentage.
Maybe I miss seeing some thing.

September 9, 2010

xNeophytum 'Galactic Warrior'

This is xNeophytum 'Galactic Warrior' it's a cv. of xNeophytum 'Ralph Davis' . A great looking plant in or out of flower. For me it's not easy to grow. I have seen larger plants and I don't know how they do it with out it rotting.

Well any way this one had flowered for me this summer not as well as other plants I've seen but it still flowered.

If you look close you can see it has seed pods. This is the first time I have seen seeds on this or any Neoregelia, Orthophytum or any bromeliad with the exceptions of Dyckia and Tillandsia's.

September 6, 2010

Dyckia reitzii v. rubra

I was able to get Dyckia reitzii v. rubra the other day and it was not cheap.
But one day I hope it looks like the one below and make some offsets so I could get some of my money back.

August 28, 2010

August 5, 2010

Bill Baker hybrid's

 Dyckia Ruby Snow
Dyckia Brittle Star

Dyckia Brittle Star
Dyckia Gray Ops

I am trying to put together a list of all named hybrids by Bill Baker. Please help if you can.

This is what I have so far.

Dyckia 'California' - was named by Bill's himself
Dyckia Brittle Star - was named by Bill's himself
Dyckia Gray Ops - was named by Bill's himself
Dyckia Zebra - was named by Bill's himself
Dyckia Tarzan - was named by Bill's himself
Dyckia Son of Tarzana - was named by Bill's himself
Dyckia Toothsy - was named by Bill's himself
Dyckia 'Fuente' - Bill Baker Hybrid - Dyckia dawsonii and Dyckia marnier-lapostollei
Dyckia 'Bill Baker' - Bill Baker hyb but named by Chanin
Dyckia Diamond Crown - Bill Baker hyb but named by Chanin
Dyckia Pharaoh - Bill Baker hyb but named by Chanin
What about the plants listed below? Did Bill name them?
Dyckia Big Brazil
Dyckia Bill Paylen
Dyckia Icicle
Dyckia Keswick - unknown
Dyckia Ruby Snow
Dyckia Tarzana
Dyckia Warren
Dyckia Zinfandel

Plus all the un-named hybs. coming out on ebay that is said to be from him.

As of Feb. 5 2013

Just seen this on ebay and is said to be a Bill Baker hybrid or plants he had (?).

Dyckia 'Cleopatra'
Dyckia Tracking code 'CHH'
Dyckia 'Brittle Star' TC clone
Dyckia dawsonii 'Bill Baker's Clone

July 26, 2010

Dyckia Ruby Snow

Not the best looking plant but it is what it is.
It should look better if I gave it better care.

June 24, 2010

Dyckia goehringii and Dyckia beateae

Dyckia beateae
This beauty, still uncommon, forms a large rosette, to over 12" across, with recurving, stiff, bronzy leaves that have really giant yellowish spines.

Dyckia goehringii F2 G

Dyckia goehringii F2 B

Dyckia goehringii F2 A

The only Dyckia goehringii's I have are not the true Species but a plants from seed from the true Species.
What the father was I do not know but it look close to the true Species.
From the seed that came up they were labeled with letters.

May 22, 2010

Hechtia glauca

This is a fat succulent leaf no spine (but are serrated) Hechtia, light green in color and I find it a slow grower. All the other hechtia's I have would cause pain and take blood from you if you got to close .

It seems to like being on the dry side so you have to be careful of not over watering and the soil mix also needs to dries faster. I have only had this plant for a few months, I hope it will do well come winter.
Well it over wintered Ok with just a little cold damage.

May 17, 2010

First time its flowering

First time its flowering
Hechtia KM 85 was found 85 km from Mexico, Oaxaca. I have had this plant for about 6 or 8 years and this is the first time its flowering. Got it at an auction from Sarasota, Florida bromeliad show and sale and I think it came from Tropiflora

Anyone know what it is?

April 25, 2010

A word about Hechtia's

Label reads Hechtia scariosa but
Hechtia texensis is what it's called now

Hechtia Ventura
Hechtia lyman-smithii x Hechtia glomerata

Hechtia macdougallii

Hechtia epigyna

Hechtia rosea

Hechtia rosea flowers

Hechtia Carter macdougallii x guatemalensis

Hechtia podantha

Hechtia lundelliorum or Hechtia tillandsioides

Hechtia glauca

Hechtia KM 90

Hechtia km 85 undiscribed from oaxaca mexico

Hechtia argentea DV clone