9770 - Bromeliads (Garden) - 2012-03-19|
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(Uploaded as: Puya spec.)
Locality: Peru - Moray, NW of Cusco on the way to machu picchu, just to the west of the Sacred valley
Photographer: Andrew Raff
Note: See collected from Moray - Peru. This is the first flowering from the seed collected. Two very differing plants germinated from the seed collected from one plant; this other Puya is now nearly 2 meters high by 1.5 meters wide and is yet to flower. One plant - two very different plants produced.
The first attachment pic, you can see the silver foliage of the flowering plant.
ID the attached Puya pics please. Any explanation for the vastly differing seed results from the one plant would be appreciated. The last attachment is of the Puya yet to flower.
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- Add Note: Geoff Lawn (2012-03-19) - According to online Wikipedia, Moray is a Peruvian archeological site (Inca ruins) about 50kms. northwest of Cusco on a high plateau at about 3500metres altitude and just west of the village of Maras. (Sent: email@example.com)
- Identification: Walter Till (2012-03-19) =Puya herrerae
- The taxon with this name is treated as a synonym of P. ferruginea but I disagree and consider it a separate species. Please add detail photos of the foliage (photo 3 does not belong to the inflorescence, right?)
- Add Note (9772): Uncle Derek (2012-03-20) - I am confused, Puya herrerae (Herrera 1965) has always stood alone. However, Pitcairnia herrerae (Herrera 1196) is treated as a synonym of the very variable Puya ferruginea. I'll bet if Andrew gets out the magnifying glass he will see star like trichomes just as Harry Luther said I would find, years ago when I had a similar naming problem. As for the different coloured leaf, we do not know if the seed came from the same capsule. (Sent: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Identification (9772): Walter Till (2012-03-20) =Pitcairnia herrerae
- Uncle Derek is right, it is Pitcairnia herrerae which I have meant! Under Puya, this taxon requires a new name. It is, however, different from true Puya ferruginea. If you look at the numerous images of the latter in the internet you will see the different corolla morphology and colour