Aechmea nudicaulis v. cuspidata 'Rafa'
This is one outstanding plant! A dark-chocolate colored plant with silver banding that Ray Coleman and I brought from Brazil a few years ago. The leaves are stiff and spiny in a tubular shape with the definitive ‘thumb print’ in the side.
Just recently this plant was given a cultivar name by Eloise Beach, who called it ‘Rafa‘ after Rafael Oliveira deFaria who originally collected it near Sao Fidelis in Rio de Janeiro state, in 2001.
This Jim Irvin hybrid is a cultivar of Cryptanthus 'Pink Brocade' x 'Kit Hilbers' and grex mate to 'Blake Babcock,' 'Rapunzel,' and 'Rusty Rose' having 10+ lanceolate leaves forming a large plant to 24" in diameter with a diamond shape. The overall red-brown leaves with dark brown mottling are marked with varying distant white bands fully transversing the leaf width. The undersides of the leaves are covered with a dense heavy white scurf.
Dyckia choristaminea hybrid
Yet unnamed, this Sharon Petersen hybrid of Dyckia choristaminea and an unreported other Dyckia as pollen parent is a smaller grower. Compact rosettes of narrow, bronze/red leaves dusted with silvery white scurffing are about six inches across when mature. The leaves, though narrow, are wider than the choristaminea parent, at about a quarter inch.
Neoregelia 'Victoria Red'
A lovely and fairly large plant with many wide dark green leaves. The foliage blushes a bright vivid red, starting in the center and growing outwards to the leaf tips as the plant matures.
NO HOLDING - MUST SHIP IMMEDIATELY
Known as 'Fudge Ripple' in the trade, a chocolate-brown and strikingly silver banded species with a somewhat lax and floccose white inflorescence. From the vicinity of Wenceslau Guimarães in Bahia, Brazil, where it live in hilly country on exposed rock outcrops. Tall, with a flaring tubular shape, it matures at over 3 feet tall. A beautiful foliage plant that can be grown in nearly full sun, but does well even in lower light. Once very rare and very expensive, its popularity has made it more available in recent years.
Vriesea 'Mint Julep'
A cultivar of an old hybrid of Vr. barilletii x intermedia that has become a very popular yet still uncommon plant in collections. The leaves start out light green with deep green to brownish tessellations covering both sides of the glossy leaves. As leaves mature, the colors darken a bit but the bold pattern stays vivid. The inflorescence is a purple, feather-like spike. Great for a large pot or for landscape.
NO HOLDING - MUST BE SHIPPED IMMEDIATELY
x Sincorglaziovia 'Rosita' f2
These are seed grown, f2 or a selfing of the original cross of (Neoglaziovia variegata x Sincoraea albopictum) by Ray Lemieux, which was published as a new nothogenera: xSincorglaziovia. A photo of the original is shown below in bloom.
These plants are similar in appearance, so far, but as each is a separate clone, they could turn out differently. The foliage is similar; half inch wide leaves in an upright rosette taper to a point. The foliage is silver-gray below and burnt orange reddish above in good light, with faint cross bands of silver. Marginal spines are tiny, giving a more serrated than spiny appearance. Grow in bright light with low fertilizer. This should turn out to be an interesting plant!