A legendary plant. When you look up ‘rare’ in the dictionary, you should see a picture of tayoensis. This plant has only been collected a few times in nature, in Ecuador and Peru.
Most, if not all plants in cultivation came from these two collections. The most well know plant was Wally Berg’s which won the ‘Best in Show’ award at the Bromeliad World Conference in Orlando in 1996. At that same show, another plant was donated by the Marie Selby Botanical Garden and was auctioned off for $1,200.00 to a buyer from the Philippines.
The plant is a large grower, to over 4 feet in diameter. The leaves are petiolate with a narrow spiny petiole and a broad, spineless leaf. The plants are green, tinted orange-red.
The inflorescence is a spiny head of many recurving, orange-red bracts and yellow flowers and can last for a year or more. Grow warm and moist (not wet) in shade to bright shade.
Aloe decoingsii x hawortioides
THIS PLANT IS ON C.I.T.E.S. AND CANNOT BE EXPORTED
A cute hybrid of two miniature species. Tiny, barely reaching three inches across, clump forming with triangular leaves coated on all surfaces with small conical spines. The inflorescence is a 4 to 6 inch scape with a cluster of pinkish to orange flowers. Very hardy to drought, some cold and basic neglect. Great for dish gardens and even suited for dry terrariums.
An interesting little shrub-like, caudiciform tree from Oaxaca, Mexico with a thickly swollen trunk and tan to reddish peeling bark. The dense branches have small obovate, deciduous leaves and bear tiny, aromatic fruits. Great for bonsai work. The leaves may turn bright colors if exposed to cool temps in the fall of the year.
The ‘Turtle Plant’ of Mexico has a deeply sculpted caudex resembling a turtle shell. A forest-dweller that lives on sparse, thin forest soils, producing a deciduous vine with large ovate leaves. The sculpted caudex has raised pyramids of old ‘bark’ that increase in size with age. It can attain a large size of over 24 inches, but big plants are rare in cultivation and are much sought as a curiosity.
*Please note, plants are BARE ROOT*