1883 - Bromeliads (Garden) - 2007-12-12|
(Dimension: 1360 x 2050 pixels - Counter: 2735)
(Uploaded as: Pitcairnia aff. wendlandii)
Photographer: Eric Gouda
Note: BG Utrecht 2005GR00894 Guatemala: Dept. Izabal, El Rancho, 800 m alt.
- Note (1884): firstname.lastname@example.org (2007-12-12) - Could be a hybrid with P.imbricata
Leaf-sheaths with a membrane of pale-brown trichomes; Leaf-blades ca. 90x4 cm, petiole serrate with black 1.5 mm long spines, floral bracts ovate, acuminate, 4.7x2.6 cm; Flowers in ca. 8 rows; sepals obovate-oblong, apiculate, 3x1 cm; Petals with a oblong bilobed dentate ligulea, unequal, green
- Note (1884): Harry Luther (2007-12-13) - Looks like Pitcairnia imbricata which is somewhat variable, Ive never seen a"dead on" P. wendlandii.
- Note (1884): Eric Gouda (2007-12-13) - Harry, what do you mean with a "dead on"?
In Smith & Downs it is stated that the flowers of P.imbricata are in about 4 rows and white, therefor it seems to be intermediar. I have pictures of a P.imbricata with greenish petals, but the flowers in less rows and the spike more attenuate and acutish.
- Note (1884): Eric Gouda (2008-01-09) - Berlin has several specimen from Guatemala that seems to be intermediair, with spineless petioles. If you look at the picture of the drawing in the botanical magazine plate 4696, the leaves of P.wendlandi are broad and short attenuate without distinct thick mid-vein, all our specimen has narrower leaves and long attenuate with a distinct thick mid-vein. Nothing about the mid-vein in the descriptions, see the comparison (PDF) of the descriptions from Smith & Downs, differences are underlined.