Xeric bromeliads from the UC Berkeley botanical gardens

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Xeric bromeliads from the UC Berkeley botanical gardens

Post Number:#1  Postby Geoff » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:04 pm

pretty sure the Puya venusta is incorrectly identified, but the rest seem OK

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Aechmea recurvata var. ortgiesii flowering UCB.jpg
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Deutercohnia brevifolia nice round ball UCB.jpg
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Deuterocohnia brevifolia clump nice UCB.jpg
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Deutercohnia schreiteri UCB.jpg
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Fascicularia pitcairniifolia UCB.jpg
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Fascicularia sp UCB.jpg
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Fascicularia sp. side shot UCB.jpg
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Hechtia montana nice UCB.jpg
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hechtia texensis nice UCB.jpg
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Hechtia texensis rosette colorful UCB.jpg
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Dyckia ferox UCB.jpg
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Dyckia velascana UCB.jpg
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Ochagavia carnea UCB.jpg
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Pitcairnia sp 1 UCB.jpg
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Pitcairnia flower UCB.jpg
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Puya alpestris per UCB (yikes!).jpg
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Puya black flowers unknown UCB.jpg
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Puya venusta per UCB.jpg
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Re: Xeric bromeliads from the UC Berkeley botanical gardens

Post Number:#2  Postby Azuleja » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:58 pm

Puya have some weird colored flowers. Aren't they the ones that can be bright blue and green? I think xeric bromeliads are very cool though often they look pretty scruffy.
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Re: Xeric bromeliads from the UC Berkeley botanical gardens

Post Number:#3  Postby Stan » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:24 am

Is that silvery clump labeled? When I was a volunteer there over a decade ago,they had told me that those Puya's had no real I.D. So,I wonder if Puya venusta is a best guess on the gardens part?
If anybody see's one for sale- snatch it up. They glow silver on a sunny day. I would say a near icon of the BBG among a few others of course.
I checked Dave's Garden,this is Puya alpestris.
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Re: Xeric bromeliads from the UC Berkeley botanical gardens

Post Number:#4  Postby Azuleja » Tue May 02, 2017 5:46 pm

Puya venusta is a new offering on Arid Lands this month. While not the plant above, it's still beautiful.
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Re: Xeric bromeliads from the UC Berkeley botanical gardens

Post Number:#5  Postby Stan » Tue May 02, 2017 6:29 pm

Even Annies Annual's has a photo of that same Puya at UCB by the bench as.... P. venusta. I give up.
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Re: Xeric bromeliads from the UC Berkeley botanical gardens

Post Number:#6  Postby Paul S » Wed May 03, 2017 3:19 am

Gotta love terrestrial bromeliads!
The picture labelled Puya alpestris isn't that. No idea what it is, but it isn't alpestris!
The picture labelled Fascicularia species is a Greigia species, those flower clusters in the leaf axils are a give away, probably G. sphacelata.
And Fascicularia pitcairnifolia is now Fascicularia bicolor ssp bicolor - at least, last time I looked!
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Re: Xeric bromeliads from the UC Berkeley botanical gardens

Post Number:#7  Postby Geoff » Wed May 03, 2017 7:13 am

Seems the Puya genus is not a very known group of plants as the massive collection by the Huntington is largely unidentified. Have so GREAT stuff, but what it all actually is is not clear. Pretty sure the 'Puya alpestris' (as it's labeled at UC Berkeley) is actually Puya coerulea var violacea (at least two other gardens have that plant under that name... just going by the majority rule).

Here's a few more shots of that plant at the Huntington

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Re: Xeric bromeliads from the UC Berkeley botanical gardens

Post Number:#8  Postby Stan » Sun May 07, 2017 7:34 pm

The same plant a little farther away view.
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