This Jim Irvin hybrid is one of three cultivars of ‘Kamehameha’ x zonatus ‘Silver,’ its siblings being ‘Alternating Current’ and ‘High Voltage.’ A large growing oval-shaped plant has flat charcoal purple lanceolate leaves with silver crossbands across the leaves that are thin at the tips and wider toward the base bleeding into moderately dense scurf. The undersides of the leaves are dense with silver-white scurf. A striking pattern on a striking plant.
Cryptanthus cf. beuckeri 'Rusty Spoon' SEL1991-0330 Espirito Santo, Brazil
Found as a sport of a plant collected by Robert Kautsky in Espirito Santo, Brazil, this cultivar of what possibly may be the species beuckeri or a within a related complex has petioled lanceolate, spoon-shaped, leaves. The dull green leaves become marmorated with red as they mature. The coloring is redder in low light, and more orange-red, “rusty,” in brighter light. The leaves are edged with definite spines, almost eyelash like in appearance, and are lightly covered underneath with a lineated scurf.
An interesting stoloniferous Tillandsia-like Vriesea with a somewhat bulbous base and upright growth of rather stiff striated leaves. The inflorescence is simple or branched with white tipped red floral bracts. Named for Corcovado, the Brazilian mountain with the giant statue of Christ on top overlooking Rio de Janeiro, which was the type locality of this plant. A botanical, rarely seen.
A handsome species that should be more widely grown, has an open rosette shape about 12 inches across, coppery green with heavy markings of dark brown to almost black and dark leaf tips. Fragrant flowers.
A medium size plant with 20 inch wide upright flaring rosette of dark green leaves. The leaves have white margins. It has a hot pink veneer and is densely crossbanded with pink/red. There isn't any color change at anthesis.
A hybrid of (lilliputiana x ‘Blushing Tiger’) by Michael Kiehl. This is a great little miniature that looks like a mini ‘Blushing Tiger’. Good for terrariums and its stoloniferous habit makes it a nice choice for a hanging pot.
This is a miniature Portea, related apparently, to P. alatisepala. Unlike some of the large and ungainly species, this one matures at only about 12 inches and is an attractive little plant. It has a somewhat stoloniferous habit.
This is apparently an undescribed species of Encholirium that was brought into cultivation as a Dyckia x Encholirium hybrid. The plant breeds true from selfing and has flowers consistent with Encolirium but there is no record of where the plant was collected originally. A nice miniature to only about three inches across with narrow, bronzy leaves bearing moderate marginal spines. The inflorescence is about 8 inches tall bearing yellow flowers. It quickly forms clusters with many offsets.
Dyckia 'Betty Garrison'
A beautiful small-growing hybrid of (chloristaminea x marnier-lapostolle). The leaves are moderately stiff, silvery over reddish-purple with large, soft spines, recurving in smallish rosettes to barely 6 inches across. (The plants in the photos are full grown). A clustering plant that will form a nice specimen in a 4 or 5 inch pot in time.