May 31, 2013

Tillandsia concolor

One of the easyer Tillandsia to grow. Can take full sun or less. This plant has been outside with full sun for part of the day. The only water it gets is when it rains.


May 30, 2013

More on Euphorbia's

I been re-potting my Euphorbia's and it seems like some re-seed them selfs just about any where.

If you know what they are let me know, thanks.

Euphorbia gottlebei

Looks like a miniaturized Euphorbia millii with it's narrower stems and leaves about 1/3 the width of Euphorbia millii.

Flowers very similar with rose to red-orange.

Very spiny plant but not that hard to handle.

It can grow up to 5' in the wild.

I like this one alot.

Euphorbia delphinensis

This Euphorbia milii relative from Madagascar with small leaves, that are obovate, dark green, and glossy.
Otherwise, this is a spiny shrub similar to many other E. milii types.
The flowers are small and yellow.

May 28, 2013

More on Uncarina's

Some Uncarina's can have large succulent caudex and or a big fat trunk.

But what you don't see is what is below the soil until you re-pot them.

Had a few Uncarina's That I forgot about that had put roots out of the bottom of the pot.
This was not the only part of the root that came out of the pot.

Uncarina's have large succulent roots also.
I think thats why they like more water then most succulent plants.

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May 25, 2013

Mulford Foster trip to Columbia 1946 - 1948

This is the note that came with the video. You can enlarge it by hitting on it until you can read it.

I don't remember where I got this. I think it came from  Geoff Johnson a long time ago.

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Pitcairnia chiapensis

Pitcairnia chiapensis is one of the few yellow flowering Pitcairnia.
I only have 2 Pitcairnia's, this one and a  sanguinea hyb that I loss the tag.
I realy don't care for them much. The leaves don't do much and look like weeds.

On Pitcairnia chiapensis  one leaf per plant thats all you get.

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May 24, 2013

Hechtia montana

From what I can tell (on the Net) Hechtia montana is a Hechtia what is a dark green with sharp white teeth.
My plant came from Michael's Bromeliads in Venice, FL ( )

It seems this plant may be the silver or white form of Hechtia montana
The only photo's of  Hechtia montana on the Net are green.

It is listed in the BSI Binomial but Bromeliad Encyclopedia Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies web-site has no photo.

Hechtia's that I have/had look great when small but as they get larger they are harder to work with. Hechtia's get larger then Dyckia's and for me they  are harder to sell or give away.
What is why I am getting rid of them.

This one I may try to sell as it is still small.

May 23, 2013

Dyckia estevesii

Dyckia estevesii

Most unusual fan-shape form with long curving leaves instead of normal rosette.
It can get to at least 24" tall and 24-36" wide.

 This plant loves to lay down.

Dyckia estevesii offsets what I just started to root.


May 21, 2013

Neoregelia carcharodon Cultivar

This a Neoregelia carcharodon Cultivar/ hybrid that Ray Coleman did from Tropiflora a few years back.
He didn't like so it was in the bargain tent at one of Tropiflora sales.

Well this plant has been sitting under a tree for many years and now I think it's time to segregate.

It had 4 flowering plant in that one pot and offsets are starting to come.

Looks like a job for my sawzall and a good cleaning.
For big plant you need big tools.

Step 1 open the pot, you need to see what your going to cut

Step 2 first cut

Step 3 last cut
Step 4 look for pots to pot them in. Maybe this should have been Step 1
 After cutting it up I found the tag and it reads Neoregelia carcharodon Giant and I got it in 4/28/2008.
I don't remember it having a name it Came from Tropiflora. I do remember talking to Ray about it at that time and he said he didn't know that was in it or he didn't want to go look it up or some thing like that.
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May 20, 2013

Two small Orthophytum's

Orthophytum conquistense has a nice little  bloom with pinkish-red sepals and white petals on a green soft leaved bromeliad.



Orthophytum saxicola 

Nice orange floral bract with white flowers.
The leaves are a pale green with reddish highlights and the more light causes more red.


May 19, 2013


I don't know why I like these plants.

The info. below is from:

"Dorstenia is a large genus occuring in the tropics around the world. There are succulent and non-succulent species. Most of the succulent species come from Africa. It belongs to the fig and mulberry family, and has also an unusual flower arrangement. The flowers are grouped in a structure called hypanthodium, and many in this genus have a common name of 'shield flowers'. When the seeds are ripe, they are expelled at distances of several several feet."

Maybe it's because they will and do reseed them self's in pots close by.
Need to be careful on watering and they don't like to be to cold come the winter.




Dorstenia crispa v. lancifolia

Dorstenia crispa v. lancifolia

Dorstenia crispa v. lancifolia
Don't have names for any of them.
If you know that they are let me know.

May 18, 2013

Uebelmannia pectinifera

The info below is from .

Recommended Temperature Zone:


Frost Tolerance: Keep above 40°F (4°C) in winter, avoid any frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 60°F (15°C)

Heat Tolerance: Keep cool in summer

Sun Exposure: Full sun, possibly afternoon shade in summer in very hot climates

Origin: Brazil (mountain of Minas Gerais)

Growth Habits: Solitary cactus, 4 to 6 inches wide (10-15 cm), 20 inches tall (50 cm); 15 to 18 prominent ribs; close set areoles; 1 to 4 central spines, up to 0.6 inch long (1.5 cm), in the classical look, the spines are straight and give a comb-like effect.

Watering Needs: Regular water. Root prone if kept cold in winter, sometimes grafted to eliminate this problem. Enjoys humid air.

Propagation: Seeds

When I got this plant it had more of a purple colour but as you can see not so purple anymore. It was a lot smaller then.
It is also a grafted plant but don't know what it is grafted on.
It can take more cold then what said it can take.

This info comes from

It has three recognized subspecies, but a multitude of different forms exist, where each form is linked to others by populations of plants with intermediate characteristics.
  1. subsp. pectinifera: It has about 18 ribs and slowly grow up to 50 cm in height. Origin: It comes from the mountains in the higher part of the areal.
  3. subsp. flavispina: It has up to 29 ribs and can grow about 35 cm tall. Origin: west of Diamantina.
  5. subsp. horrida: Stem with more than 23 ribs (up to 40) it is the taller of the three and can reach 1 m of height. Origin: Serra do Espiha├žo.

 My plant only has 14 ribs. What does that mean?

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May 17, 2013

Quesnelia marmorata

A large clump of Quesnelia marmorata growing on the ground all coming in to flower.

At one time this was in a pot but it got to big so I just put it on the ground.