9398 - Bromeliads (Wild) - 2011-10-13|
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Locality: Ecuador - Prov. of Zamora-Chinchipe, area of Estación Cientifica San Francisco (S 03°58´, W 79°04´ ), road Loja-Zamora, ca. 35 km from Loja; moist montane forest
Photographer: Florian Werner
Note: Col.: Werner, F.A. 2043 (15-06-2006) got you! Several other infertile specimens around, infl. cf. co-occurring T. fendleri. Vegetatively Guzmania-like yet unmistakable with blunt, bright green, ribbonlike soft and u-shaped leaves that heavily bent downward right after the tank-base narrows. Infl. 1.5 m tall, with long leafy bracts along lower 2/3, flower bracts pinkish, petals light purple.
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