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. We produce seedlings from our own stock plants.
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An interesting stoloniferous plant with stiff greenish-coppery leaves in an open rosette. The center cup flushes orange when in bloom and the stoloniferous habit makes an interesting cluster.
A small species, similar to tristis, has light green leaves heavily mottled with purplish blotches and bearing slight spines. The center blushes white at anthesis with more pronounced purplish mottling. In strong light, the mottling nearly obscures the green.
Neoregelia species Sao Sebastio SP
This an as yet unidentified Neoregelia species from Sao Sebastiao, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Wish we knew what this one is, it’s a beauty. Still undescribed, it has a resemblance to chlorosticta, but is not. An upright rosette of apple-green leaves, mottled with white, pink and red, with bright red tips. Pretty and unusual. Hopefully it will one day be described as a new species.
Pseudobombax ellipticum (White Flower)
A Mexican tree that often forms a globose caudex from the size of a cantaloupe to several feet across, when grown in restricted spaces such as rock crevices on cliff faces. This form of 'natural bonsai' is highly desired by plant collectors. The swollen trunk becomes marked with a tortoise-shell pattern in larger specimens, has green branches and large, deciduous, palmately-compound leaves, and shaving-bush like white flowers. Seedlings can be pruned to eventually form a substantial caudex, but if left untrimmed, it wants to become a full sized tree. Planted in the ground and not trimmed, it will do so!
Tillandsia 'Jackie Loinaz'
A cultivar of concolor x capitata ‘Rubra’ by L. Ariza of the Dominican Republic. A really nice cross with gracefully recurving, stiff foliage that is bright red in strong light. The showy inflorescence turns intense red-orange with blue flowers. A very choice and colorful plant.
Tillandsia 'Nellie Rose'
A John Arden hybrid of (jalisco-monticola x capitata). A tough and showy plant with leathery reddish leaves in a symmetrical, very leafy rosette. The inflorescence is a tight cluster of many dark orange branches in a capitate head with long scape bracts exceeding the branches. Very long lasting in color. A heavy plant, tough and sturdy, easy to grow. Grows well mounted or potted in a fast draining mix with good aeration.
A tiny fan shaped plant that forms massive clusters. Each individual plant grows to about three inches tall and wide. It is found mainly as a twig epiphyte from Paraguay to Argentina and Bolivia. Our plants are from material that we collected near Mataral, Santa Cruz, Bolivia in 1994. It can often be seen growing in ball-like clusters on power lines. The flowers are tiny but pretty, purple colored, flaring and mildly fragrant. Culture with bright light and ample air circulation. Does great just hanging on a wire or string. Do not allow clumping plants to remain wet for long after watering.
This species has a very bulbous base and twisty leaves tapering to a thread-fine tip. The plants are a sort of an olive-drab to brown color, with hundreds of tiny red specks. In bloom, it produces a spike with short branches of a pink to lavender color. Mature plants can vary in size from four to twelve inches. Native from Mexico to Panama, in forested locations from sea level to 6,000 feet. Grow on the shady and moist side. In nature you never see this plant as a single specimen. Naturally growing in clusters, sometimes numbering hundreds of plants, this simple little Tillandsia becomes a spectacular specimen.
A Mexican plant with very stiff leaves in an open rosette of 6 to 8 inches. The leaves are yellowish, blushing reddish in strong light or full sun and it produces a shiny red to yellow-green, branched inflorescence with pink flowers. Easy to grow, preferring conditions on the bright and dry side. Can be suspended from a string or mounted on wood, cork, stone or other substrate. Suitable for dry terrarium use.
Tillandsia ionantha maxima 'Huamelula'
Also known as ‘Huamelula‘, is among the largest and loveliest of the various ionantha forms. It occurs naturally on rocky cliffs above a deep seaside canyon in Oaxaca, Mexico. This form grows up to six inches across in a spreading rosette, and colors a magnificent overall red when in bloom. Large, lovely and easy to grow!
This is a showy 6 to 8 inch species from Bolivia and Argentina, and is thought to possibly be a natural hybrid of ixioides and recurvifolia. It has stiff silvery leaves in a an upright rosette, with a fairly long scape, bearing pink bracts and light yellow flowers. The fragrance is faint, at best, but is described as 'spicy'. A nice plant that flowers freely and makes large clusters in a few seasons. Easy to grow, bright and on the dry side.
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