July 27, 2014

Two types of Orthophytum's

I thought this was useful information so I'm adding it to this blog. With a few updates.


 Some Orthophytum's do not flower on a flower stem like the Orthophytum above.
Orthophytum sanguinea








Only about 16 out of 79 flower like this as far as I can tell. They are:
3. Orthophytum burle-marxii
11. Orthophytum pseudovagans
15. Orthophytum vagans
16. Orthophytum zanonii
No longer a Orth.
Now it's called Lapa duartei
Photo links are from FCBS Bromeliad Photo Index Database


A list of all Orthophytum's from the FCBS Bromeliad Species Database


Orthophytum albopictum
Orthophytum alvimii
Orthophytum amoenum
Orthophytum benzingii
Orthophytum braunii
Orthophytum burle-marxii
Orthophytum compactum
Orthophytum disjunctum
Orthophytum duartei
Orthophytum eddie-estevesii
Orthophytum foliosum
Orthophytum fosterianum
Orthophytum glabrum
Orthophytum gurkenii
Orthophytum hatschbachii
Orthophytum humile
Orthophytum lemei
Orthophytum leprosum
Orthophytum lucidum
Orthophytum lymanianum
Orthophytum magalhaesii
Orthophytum maracasense
Orthophytum mello-barretoi
Orthophytum navioides
Orthophytum rubrum
Orthophytum sanctum
Orthophytum saxicola
Orthophytum sucrei
Orthophytum supthutii not a Orth
Orthophytum vagans
Orthophytum grossiorum
Orthophytum estevesii
Orthophytum horridum
Orthophytum falconii
Orthophytum toscanoi
Orthophytum heleniceae
Orthophytum jabrense
Orthophytum zanonii
Orthophytum lanuginosum
Orthophytum macroflorum
Orthophytum riocontense
Orthophytum rubiginosa
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum mucugense
Orthophytum conquistense
Orthophytum harleyi
Orthophytum atalaiense
Orthophytum triunfense
Orthophytum boudetianum
Orthophytum striatifolium
Orthophytum pseudovagans
Orthophytum catingae
Orthophytum piranianum
Orthophytum graomogolense
Orthophytum itambense
Orthophytum ophiuroides
Orthophytum diamantinense
Orthophytum cearense
Orthophytum teofilo-otonense
Orthophytum elegans
Orthophytum jacaraciense
Orthophytum vidaliorum
Orthophytum guaratingense
Orthophytum pseudostoloniferum
Orthophytum roseum
Orthophytum erigens
Orthophytum buranhense
Orthophytum ulei
Orthophytum rafaelii
Orthophytum argentum



UPDATE 7/27/14

I put this list on Facebook back in April and received this reply  

April 30 2014

 "Sascha Heller

Correctly. there is a conspicuous differentiation in Orthophytum. And there is also a close link to Cryptanthus. Currently some Colleagues and I are working on a taxonomical improvement. There will be a few new genera coming up,"

 I don't know if that’s a good thing or not.
Maybe they will look at Hechtia's as well. Their are some that flower on a stem and some that don't.






July 25, 2014

Navia arida


Navia arida
 
I work at Tropiflora 2 weekends a year, the Spring and Fall sale Festival. My job is to just talk to people about plants.

The last sale (4/5/2014) I bought this Navia.
 
It did better then Navia igneosicola did this pass winter. I just moved it up to a 7 or 8 (I'm to lazy to go look) inch pot. It does have a small offset coming you can't see in the photo.
 
4/5/2014
 So far only 2 Navia can be found that will grow in Florida:  Navia arida and Navia igneosicola
 
7/23/2014


7/23/2014

This loos like it's going to be a bigger plant then Navia igneosicola .
 

July 24, 2014

Navia igneosicola

UPDATE 7/23/2014

Well growing it like a Cryptanthus in a tray of water didn't work out as well as I had hope. The leave tips started to dry out. This passed winter  it didn't look that good. A lot of the lower leaves turned brown but it did make more offsets then I though it would. So came spring I removed 5 offsets and potted them up. 

All 5 offsets rooted easy and fast, and are growing good.  The 5 offsets came off the stem. The potting mix is what I use for most of my plants one part peat and three parts perlite.



None of them have flowered yet.



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Navia igneosicola 12/11/11

Not much can be found on the internet about growing Navia's.
Almost all grow in high elevation and do not like growing at sea level.

I have been growing Navia igneosicola like  Cryptanthus.

Not in full sun and in a tray of water this pass summer. 
With winter on it way I am going to give full sun and no water in the tray.



Dec. 10, 2012

I did not know it could do this. Did you? 
Navia igneosicola Dec. 10, 2012 
 
‎August ‎07, ‎2012

Interesting article below:

NAVIA: AN ANCIENT AND EXTRAORDINARY BROMELIAD GENUS
Richard Evans Schultes
http://journal.bsi.org/V05/2/#A

If you are interested in more information check out the link below.

http://journal.bsi.org/search.cgi?query=Navia&page=1&per_page=10&max_text=500
 

July 21, 2014

xEnchotia Ruby

I have one but what do I do with it?
 
 
xEnchotia Ruby is Encholirium horridum x  Hechtia rosea

 
 
From BSI. org:

Bromeliad Cultivar Register


Spineless mature terrestrial rosette to 1.5 metres diameter x 1 metre tall. Arching bronze green leaves each 110 cms. long x 6cms. wide tapering to a point. Massive, erect inflorescence to 1.75 metres high, red-stemmed and multi-branched with ruby sepals and suffused red / pink / cream petals. Tropiflora code #5739. Reg. Doc. 8/2011 by Dennis Cathcart
Country of origin: Florida USA

 
Seed Parent: Encholirium horridum

Pollen Parent: Hechtia rosea

 NOTES 

New Bigeneric genus: x Enchotia by Geoff Lawn in J Brom Soc 61(3): 138. 2011 In August, 2011 the nothogenus x Enchotia ( Encholirium x Hechtia) was first recorded in the BSI's Bromeliad Cultivar Register under ICBN Rules (Vienna Code 2006) . Its breeder is Ray Lemieux, employee at Tropiflora Nursery in Sarasota, Florida who created this cross in February, 2006 and he also coined this new bigeneric genus name x Enchotia. Seed Parenl: Encholirium horridum L.B. Smith. Contr. Gray Herb . 129:32, pl-3, figs. l-3, 1940. Pollen Parent: Hechtia rosea E. Morren ex Baker. Handb. Bromel. 140. 1889.

 x Enchotia ‘Ruby’
Geoff Lawn

BSI Cultivar Registrar

It took Florida breeder Ray Lemieux “only” 5 years of cultivation (2006-2011) from seed to produce the first blooming new bigeneric x Enchotia ’Ruby’ (Encholirium horridum x Hechtia rosea ). Considering that both parents are heavily spined, the several dozen seedlings showed a surprising outcome --the majority were spineless, or nearly so--with a few small random spurs.  A second and third repeat of the cross using different clonal forms of the same parental species produced similar mixed results. So the smooth edged clones share the grex name of ‘Ruby’ whilst the prickly forms are collectively called x Enchotia ‘Ruby Star’, both of which greges may exhibit slight clonal variances at maturity. This phenomenon of spineless progeny from prickly parents has become rather common in, for example,  Aechmea fasciata  cultivars or hybrids, but is less seen in the Pitcairnioideae sub-family genera. Noted smooth-edged exceptions are  Dyckia ’Naked Lady’ ( encholirioides x brevifolia), Dyckia hebdingii hybrids  and some Encholirium crosses (pers. comm.--Dennis Cathcart).

 Under good growing conditions x Enchotia ‘Ruby’ is a large terrestrial, the mature rosette reaching 1.5 metres diameter and nearly 1 metre tall.  The arching bronze green foliage comprises about 150 smooth leaves each 6cms. wide tapering to a point and to 110cms. long.  The erect inflorescence stem, 5cms. thick at its base, rises to 1.75 metres average height above the rosette crown.. The massive red-stemmed raceme has up to 32 branches with ruby sepals and suffused red/pink/cream petals, indicative of its hybrid genes. The spike is initiated mid-Winter and blooming lasts about 8 weeks over Spring.  When the inflorescence is spent and preferably removed, basal pups emerge slowly between lower leaf axils, or are visible from the main stem if lower leaves are stripped to allow more light and encourage offsets.

x Enchotia ’Ruby’ is destined to mound into tight clumps if not divided, just as with its pollen parent Hechtia rosea , now classified as  synonymous with  former H. macdougallii  L. B. Smith. This tough Mexican species hails from Oaxaca State and is dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are on separate, individual plants, as are all Hechtias. The seed parent Encholirium horridum , a lithophyte from Espirito State, Brazil is mostly monocarpic --rarely or never offsets.

Undoubtedly x Enchotia ’Ruby’ will become a staple, sun-loving feature xerophyte planted in the garden landscape,  adaptable to tropical, sub-tropical and temperate climates, but also can be grown in extra large soil-filled containers for full sunlight positions. 


Published in BSI Journal, May-June, 2011. pp.138-140.     

 
Below is Encholirium horridum x Hechtia  macdougallii old label  the new label should read Encholirium horridum x Hechtia rosea
Photo from 2009 at Tropiflora
Hechtia  macdougallii  is now Hechtia rosea
Photo from 2009 at Tropiflora
 
 
 

Euphorbia milii

Euphorbia milii  (Crown of Thorns) comes in different colors flowers and leaves.

 This one is doing some thing a little different. It has a flower on top of flower.
 If you look closely you can see 2 flowers coming form one flower.

yellow

yellow and pink


pink

You can find them with variegated leaves

This is the large flower and large leaf hyb.

 
 

July 9, 2014

Seedlings

For the most part I don't start seeds to grow things.
But seedlings do show up from time to time in some plants that I did not plant

This first two  plants came from Tropiflora in Sarasota, FL
Euphorbia iharanae

Euphorbia millotii
 The plant below came up last summer in a pot that had some other plant in it. I'm hoping it will be a
Euphorbia millotii x Euphorbia iharanae cross. But it may just turn out to be Euphorbia iharanae.

I have had Euphorbia millotii seedlings come up also.


Euphorbia millotii x Euphorbia iharanae

Haworthia limifolia variegated
This Haworthia limifolia variegated I've had for a few years now and has not put out any offsets.
But this year it started to do this. I got excited until I looked closer. Dyckia seeding.
I do get some seedlings of Dyckia that come up on there own. All have not been un-interesting.
Euphorbia viguieri 

Euphorbia viguieri 


Euphorbia viguieri  is getting to be a weed in my yard. I never planted any, I had one in a pot. Haven't counted them lately but I must   have 15 or so coming up in pots and on the ground.

Euphorbia geroldii
Also last summer I got my 1st seedling of Euphorbia geroldii that came up in some other pot.

Euphorbia geroldii



Euphorbia milii and or hybrids show up ever now and then.


This one came up about 5 years ago.

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