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Bromelia gurkeniana v. funchiana SEL99-0098
About all I can say about this species is that it is an interesting, small growing un-Bromelia like Bromelia. When we first found this plant it was growing in amongst a colony of Neoglazioviavariegata in the caatinga of Bahia, Brazil. When I saw the plant, the impression it made was that of a non-banded or concolor Neoglaziovia. The soil was very rocky and the plant was growing very deep, again, like the Neoglaziovias. I used the end of my machete to dig carefully around the plant until I found the bulbous base, and then extracted it. Aside from the lack of banding, it had somewhat less rigid leaves and slightly larger spines than the Neoglaziovias it was growing with. It was perfectly upright in nature, but in cultivation takes on a more familiar open shape, flattening out when blooming, with a nidular inflorescence and large blue flowers. A choice, rare plant, and a first class collector item for any terrestrial bromeliad fancier.