Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Orange bromeliad, wow, what a sight.

Bromeliads of many different colors

Bromeliaceae (the bromeliads) is a family of monocot flowering plants of around 3,170 species native mainly to the tropical Americas, with a few species found in the American subtropics and one in tropical west Africa, Pitcairnia feliciana.[1] It is one of the basal families within the Poales and is unique because it is the only family within the order that has septal nectaries and inferior ovaries.[2] These inferior ovaries characterize the Bromelioideae, a subfamily of the Bromeliaceae.[3] The family includes both epiphytes, such as Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides), and terrestrial species, such as the pineapple (Ananas comosus). Many bromeliads are able to store water in a structure formed by their tightly-overlapping leaf bases. However, the family is diverse enough to include the tank bromeliads, grey-leaved epiphytic Tillandsia species that gather water only from leaf structures called trichomes, and a large number of desert-dwelling succulents.
The largest bromeliad is Puya raimondii, which reaches 3–4 m tall in vegetative growth with a flower spike 9–10 m tall, and the smallest is probably Spanish moss.
Bromeliads are one of the more recent plant groups to have emerged. The greatest number of primitive species reside in the Andean highlands of South America where they originated in the tepuis of the Guyana Shield.[4] The most basal genus Brocchinia is endemic to these tepuis and is placed as the sister group to the remaining genera in the family.[5] The west African species Pitcairnia feliciana is the only bromeliad not endemic to the Americas, and is thought to have reached Africa via long-distance dispersal approximately 12 million years ago.[4]
Humans have been using bromeliads for thousands of years. The Incas, Aztecs, Maya and others used them for food, protection, fiber and ceremony, just as they are still used today. European interest began when Spanish conquistadors returned with pineapple, which became so popular as an exotic food that the image of the pineapple was adapted into European art and sculpture. In 1776, the species Guzmania lingulata was introduced to Europe, causing a sensation among gardeners unfamiliar to such a plant. In 1828, Aechmea fasciata was brought to Europe, followed by Vriesea splendens in 1840. These transplants were successful enough that they are still among the most widely grown bromeliad varieties.
In the 19th century, breeders in Belgium, France and the Netherlands started hybridizing plants for wholesale trade. Many exotic varieties were produced up until World War I, which halted breeding programs and led to the loss of some species. The plants experienced a resurgence of popularity after World War II. Since then, Dutch, Belgian and North American nurseries have largely expanded bromeliad production.

(Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromeliaceae, Accessed Oct 2011)

Bromeliads of many different colors. Who needs flowers anyways?

Those WILL look good next to the pool :-)

Plank mounted Staghorns. Ideal for your lapa don't you think?

Ferns in the greenhouse.

Ferns in the green house. If it wasn't green its green now.

Platyceriums on planks

Some of the platyceriums mounted on planks that we have for sale.

Platyceriums on rugged brown background, what a sight.

A few species here. I hope to add the detail later.

Some of the plants we have for sale in our greenhouse. You can see some
bromeliads and platyceriums as well as many indoor plants.

Platycerium Blue Boy

A rare hybrid showing a vivid blue leaf.

The palm canopy looking up

The palm canopy looking up

Platycerium Superbum

Platycerium Superbum and a GIANT to say the least!

Inflorescence of ------


Platyceriums in canopy

The palm canopy is an interesting place.

Tillandsias on Roystonea Regia

Tillandsias on Roystonea Regia Stem

Tillandsias on Howea Fosteriana

Tillansias are seen here growing on the stem of a Howea Fosteriana.


What a stunning specimen


Versatile little buggers, they can be used almost anywhere in the garden.

Tillandsias on Royal Palm

This display of Tillandsias and Orchids has been done on the stem of a
Roystonea Regia with great effect.


Tillandsia Display



Another display of Tillandsias on a dead tree stem.


A few species of Tillandsias on display

Slipper Vine (Thunbergia mysorensis)

A slipper vine before the flowers open. Already a stunning display.

Wax Flower 4 (Hoya)

You can find out more about these unique flowers on Wikipedia:


Wax Flower 3

Wax Flower 2

Wax flower

Slipper Vine growing on burglar bars

Slipper Vine

a picture for you