A new hybrid from Chester Skotak. It is a unusual cross of Aechmea 'Phat Pat' x manzanareziana. Bronze leaves with ivory colored margins that blush pink in strong light. The inflorescense is a branched panicle with pink orange bracts and yellow branches. Suited for landscaping.
Goudea ospinae var. gruberi
A beautiful plant that Tropiflora helped introduce to cultivation. Native to the same mountainous region of central Colombia which produces ospinae and chrysostachys, there is absolutely nothing that compares to this plant. The foliage is very tough and is various shades of green, with brown and black reticulations, mottling and markings. The effect is almost like that of a ‘Silk’ plant so unique is the pattern. Does not much resemble typical ospinae, the plants are bigger, fuller with wider leaves and do not pup as much as the typical form. The inflorescence is yellow and well branched. Thrives in normal bromeliad mix or even bare root.
Hatiora species (old agudoensis)
THIS PLANT IS ON C.I.T.E.S AND CANNOT BE EXPORTED
A rare species from Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil where it grows as an epiphyte and lithophyte. A very handsome species with short, flattened, segmented stems that later become three or four angled with age. New growth tends to be reddish. Upright at first then becoming pendant with maturity. There is some question about this species taxonomic place and future nomenclature changes may be made, but for now at least, this is the accepted name for this taxa. A choice, decorative and hard to find plant.
Neoregelia 'Bob Work'
A colorful small plant with green leaves, washed with red and a sort of banded pattern. The cup flushes vivid red-purple in bloom. A nice windowsill-sized plant. The cross is by Gary Hendrix Neoregelia princeps x ‘Fireball’ x ‘Peggy Pollard’.
A neat little Skotak hybrid of (carolinae x olens ‘Marie’) x (olens ‘Marie’ x carolinae ‘Shadowlawn’) that forms compact 6 to 8 inch rosettes of light green leaves, variegated nicely with bright white. A cherry red center flush, red tips and a suffusion of tiny red speckles and random blotches make this a very attractive plant.
Neoregelia 'Pink on Black'
A spectacular cultivar of (carolinae x fosteriana) x carcharodon by Chester Skotak. A large growing plant with gracefully arching 3½ inch wide leaves in a 30 inch rosette. The background color is dark brown to almost black, with pink variegation. Numerous red specks are scattered evenly over leaf, and a dusting of silvers trichomes gives the plant a matte finish. Relatively large marginal spines are soft and match the color of the leaf. Color flush at anthesis is minimal, slightly reddish.
Neoregelia punctatissima 'Joao Marcio'
A clone of this miniature species that is different enough to deserve a cultivar name in honor of its discoverer; Joao Marcio de Melo in Rio de Janeiro. Introduced by Chester Skotak.
Rhipsalis crispata SEL1978-2056
We got this plant from the collection of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, with their accession number of SEL1978-2056. First off, we have doubts of the validity of this name. It is a very large grower with stiff, upright growing branches with elongate segments bearing crenate margins. We think this plant more closely resembles R. oblonga, but are keeping the Selby identity until we can confirm otherwise.
Note: This plant is on C.I.T.E.S. and can not be exported.
A relatively new species from southern southeast Brazil. Resembles R. burchellii in fruit and R. campos-portoana in flower, this species grows within the vicinity of both species but is not considered a hybrid of either. This species has thicker stems and branches more freely than R. burchellii. The pendulous stems will usually not flower until reaching a length of 6-7 feet. When it does bloom the flowers are white, followed by purplish fruits that are strongly scented like black currant.
This is Tropiflora's first offering.
C.I.T.E.S. - No export.
Tillandsia 'Katie Kat'
A hybrid of (concolor x roland-gosselinii) by Bill Timm. A knock out with broad, stiff, recurving leaves in a full rosette. The color is silvery with a reddish blush in strong light. The inflorescence is branched, not too tall, and yellow. An extremely nice plant!
Tillandsia 'Really Red'
A spectacular, large, red-bracted cultivar of ‘Houston‘ (stricta x recurvifolia) a popular Mark Dimmitt hybrid. A very leafy 8 inch, gray-green rosette, with a large, full inflorescence of bright red bracts and flaring white flowers.
An interesting and truly beautiful caulescent species from Paraguay with a very long stem bearing dozens of stiff, bronzy, 4 inch leaves. The inflorescence is a branching red spike with white flowers. We obtained our first specimen in the mid 1980’s from Prof. Dr. Werner Rauh, after he first described the species. We started with a single specimen and have released this plant periodically since. Easy to cultivate in bright light and good air circulation.
Tillandsia milagrensis (Type)
An interesting species from Bahia, Brazil where it grows on exposed rock. Upright growing with narrow, 8 inch long leaves on a caulescent stem. The inflorescence is an erect spike, slightly taller than the foliage, terminating with a cluster of pink bracts and white flowers. A mature plant in bloom can reach 16 inches tall and 8 inches wide. Our plant is decended directly from the type collection by Elton Leme.