1312 - Bromeliads (Garden) - 2007-09-28|
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Vriesea tequendamae - plant habit
Photographer: Simon M. Wellinga
Note: The depicted plant was recently bought from Dorothee Hase during the first (Dutch-Belgian-German) European Bromeliad Congress (September 14-16 2007, Utrecht, The Netherlands), and stems from the personal collection of her late husband, Franz Josef Hase. No collection data are known for this particular plant.
Please note the aberrantly coloured peduncle, primary and floral bracts, which are straw-yellow instead of the usual red-orange. On grounds of the atypically coloured inflorescence, it was first assumed the plant had already finished flowering and the inflorescence had discoloured because of ageing. Flowering, however, followed a couple of days after the purchase of the plant. Future flowerings will, hopefully, tell whether the yellow colour of the bracts as currently noticed is a genetically inherited characteristic of this plant, or the result of stress or some sort of growth disturbance during the development of the inflorescence.
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