1846 - Bromeliads (Wild) - 2007-07-05|
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Vriesea pseudoatra ?
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Photographer: Estela Ikegami
Note: People call bromelia imperialis, but I guess this is not scientific name. I took this picture near Tres Picos national park, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.
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- Add Note: Eric Gouda (2007-07-05) - Could this be a young inflorescence of Vriesea sazimae Leme?
- Add Note: Elton Leme (2007-07-10) - This species looks to me Vriesea pseudoatra Leme published in the Harvard Papers in Botany years ago, which is a rupicolous species from the mountains of Rio de Janeiro and EspŪrito Santo. I have one specimen just coming to bloom. The spotted bracts and spotted base of the leaves are its trademark. The seedlings and juvenile individuals are densely spotted too.
- Add Note: Derek Butcher (2007-07-17) - Elton was of the opinion it was Vriesea pseudoatra. Interestingly, a few months back Estella asked me what it was and my Brazilian contacts (they said they referred it to Elton as well) thought it was Vriesea tijucana but preferred it to be in flower! I have it in my records under both names!
- Add Note: Eric Gouda (2007-07-17) - Interestingly, we have two names now ... Vriesea tijucana doesn't have spotted floral bracts, so I suppose Vriesea pseudoatra is a better choice also because the former is from Guanabara.
- Add Note: Ricardo Moura (2008-04-14) - Estela, there is a photo at the FCBS site which can show what a Vriesea tijucana looks like. In my opinion, the plant in your photo is a Vriesea pseudoatra (based on where it was found). However, I am not completely sure that it is not a Vriesea atra.