Monday, May 31, 2010

Wicked Cool Bromeliad!

OK, I picked up this awesome bromeliad specimen a couple weeks ago. It has beautiful, finely marked foliage with smooth edges, not the jagged teeth you often see on wide leaved varieties. Pretty neat.

Pretty neat...and then there's the flower spike! It's massive, coming out about four feet from the plant. When I brought the plant back from the market, it was wrapped in a brown paper sleeve and was on the floor for a couple days till I figured out what I was going to do with it.

Well, let me tell you, more than one person did a double take because without the context of a whole plant, the flower more than a little resembled a snake poised to strike! Even I had to double check what was at the corner of my eye a couple times - just not what you expect to see in your peripheral vision I guess.

Since I purchased the plant, the bloom has elongated somewhat and what will be a flower cluster at some point is now twice as big. I can't imagine how large it will get, or how long it will take, and I hope it doesn't topple over under its own weight!

The bromeliad family is very interesting and includes several familiar plants from Spanish moss to pineapples. Some good information about growing bromeliads can be found here.

An hour of searching on the web has lead me to believe that what we have here is a Vriesea fosteriana X gigantea. It's native to Brazil. There seems to be a lot of hybrids so I'm not 100% sure what mine is, so if you can enlighten me, I'd appreciate it. And I couldn't find a picture of the bloom, so that will remain a mystery! I'll update you - unless someone buys it first. :-)


Janet said...

That is so cool!

Sprout said...

I have a hard time resisting a cool plant - they're so seldom available, I feel compelled to buy even if it's a tough sell!

Claudia Snell said...

OMG! That plant is incredible! You always get the best stuff.


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