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

April 14, 2010

Show Time

Dyckia 'Brittle Star'
Dyckia 'Brittle Star' F2

Dyckia 'Brittle Star' F3

Dyckia "Whit Memn" F2

This coming weekend (April 16 - 18) is theSarasota Bromeliad Society show and sale.

I'm a member of this society and will be working / helping at the show.

Only showing 4 plants as I don't grow them for show only for me. They are are so hard to clean, as I have a tree that is always droping some thing on them.

xdyckcohnia bones mahogany a monster

xdyckcohnia bones mahogany is a monster of a plant. So far it is more then 3 feet across from leaf tip to leaf tip.
Doen't know how big it will get, it is the biggest of any of my succulent bromeliads. It never had any offsets or pups and only flowered one time a few years back.

April 11, 2010

Encholirium 'Angelita'.

Encholirium 'Angelita'.

I just got this plant and it has a story that comes with it. Below is from


It's not unusual for some species to circulate in cultivation for some years prior to being officially described from the wild. Some specimens escape botanists' attention entirely because the taxon in question cannot be relocated in habitat. In this situation, registering a cultivar name is desirable in this interim period as a temporary link for identification purposes. Only in exceptional cases such as Neoregelia 'Fireball' does this become a permanent solution.

In the late 1990s. Louisiana grower Terry Couthard raised a seedling batch of an unknown Dyckia from the BSI Seed Bank. One seedling matured enough to flower at an astounding 5 months old, but enquiries failed to positively identify it. This miniature matures at 10cms. diameter and pups easily, with a simple upright spike to 30cms. tall of yellow bell-like flowers . Several years later one learned suggestion was that it was a bigeneric, namely X Dylirium (Dyckia x Encholirium), but then Tropiflora Nursery in Sarasota, Florida announced that it had a uniform batch of self-set seedlings ready for release, which indicated this mystery plant was indeed a species which later proved breeds true to type .

In September, 2003 Terry Couthard registered this Dyckia as D. 'Angelita' until such time as it is botanically described. Brazilian botanist Rafaela Forzza decided two Dyckia species, D. biflorum and D. heloisae were better treated as Encholiriums in her 2001 Doctorate. This meant that all remaining Dyckia species had lateral flowering, a treatment nobody has challenged yet.

However, Dyckia 'Angelita' has terminal blooming spikes, so in March, 2009 (Uncle) Derek Butcher registered this distinctive "cultivar" as Encholirium 'Angelita', but there is a commentary link in the Bromeliad Cultivar Registry to the former name.

Geoff Lawn, BSI Cultivar Registrar

So what ever it is, I like it.

April 6, 2010