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67(3): _185-188 (PDF/A 457 KBytes) published online: May 07 2018 Notes on the Flowering Behavior of Orthophytum sucrei
Alan HerndonWhile working on the flowering behavior of Sincoraea heleniceae (Herndon 2018), a number of other Sincoraea species and a plant of Orthophytym sucrei were found in late bud and incorporated into an expanded study. Orthophytum sucrei was a perfect subject for an introductory study of the disjunctum complex of Orthophytum because it has a simple spike with relatively few flowers (Herndon 2016). This turned out to be a preliminary study because the behavior of flowers differed so greatly from that observed in Sincoraea heleniceae. It took some days before I could recognize when a flower was open. It took even longer before I could recognize when a flower was closed.
67(3): _179-184 (PDF/A 560 KBytes) published online: May 03 2018 Putting those Tillandsia roots to work
Jim GeorgusisMany Tillandsia species and hybrids are grown mounted on various surfaces, such as treefern slabs, poles, sea shells, coral, driftwood, cholla wood, and cork in many forms from wine corks to large fishing corks. Some are grown with no media or attachment at all, simply hanging on aluminum coils or wire, or lying on benches or wire mesh structures. Others are best grown in pots and baskets in media such as peat mixes that may have bark fines, orchid bark, perlite or vermiculite added. These plants are usually grown in clay, plastic, and even styrofoam pots with ample drainage. Some growers, due to their local rainfall and weather conditions, also grow their tillandsias in plastic net pots without any media, or they just place the plants in a PVC pipe cross section that has three holes drilled to receive either coated wire or monofilament fishing line, that enables plants to be hung at various levels wherever they are growing.
67(3): _174-178 (PDF/A 202 KBytes) published online: April 30 2018 Getting the BSI Journal back up-to-date
Graeme Barclay, Assistant EditorWhats Happened ? One of the major goals of the BSI Board is to get the Journal up-to-date and hopefully published in a regular on-time schedule moving forward. Unfortunately the Journal has not been able to maintain current status for a number of years now, mainly due to a lack of consistent, timely and layout-ready material being provided by our stakeholders i.e; BSI members, affiliates and botanical authors. Some of these articles and/or the accompanying photographs, have also been of a sub-standard quality, thereby contributing to lengthy delays in the editing and production process in order to have them rectified so they can be used. While in recent times there has been some improvement in this regard, the BSI board has recognized more needs to be done. The BSI membership in general must become both better informed and also advised on how they can help achieve the goal of catching up - which of course will be of benefit to all concerned.
67(3): _157-173 (PDF/A 2425 KBytes) published online: April 25 2018 Tillandsioideae Safari in Ecuador - 3
José M. ManzanaresDay Seven of our safari: 19 June 2015 On this day we began the end of the first phase of our trip by turning back toward Quito. But, first we had to look for a Tillandsia (previously Vriesea) with a hanging pink inflorescence and green flowers. I remembered more or less the place where I collected it for the first time many years ago, so we stopped at a remnant of forest between Loja and Oña. In the areas where the Andean forest trees are conserved, Gregbrownia fulgens, with its tall red inflorescence with pendant yellow flowers stood out despite the rain. The flowers were visited by small hummingbirds in search of nectar. Gregbrownia fulgens is very important as a food source for the hummingbirds that inhabit the Andean forest. As the agricultural frontier advances the forests are lost and the habitat and food for many species of birds is lost.
67(3): _137-156 (PDF/A 2397 KBytes) published online: April 23 2018 Bromeliads - Texas Style
Steve Reynolds, WBC 2016 Conference ChairWBC 2016 Report The 2016 World Bromeliad Conference (WBC) was held at the Galleria Westin Hotel in Houston, Texas, between June 13th to 19th, hosted by the Bromeliad Society/ Houston in collaboration with the Bromeliad Society International. There were 167 attendees, about the same as in Hawaii in 2014. The numbers were unfortunately down some, partially due to fewer Australians being present because of their new plant importation rules that are very severe. But the enthusiasm was definitely visible.
67(3): 132-136 (PDF/A 585 KBytes) published online: April 23 2018 2018 World Bromeliad Conference in San Diego
Nancy Groves, Co-Chair WBC 2018The Latest News... One of our past Conference Corner articles listed our renown speakers and we told you a little about some of them - Dennis Cathcart of Tropiflora, Li Ping from The Shanghai Chenshan Garden, Jeffrey Kent from Kents Bromeliad Nursery. Now, we would like to set the scene further and give you just a teaser of information about our other speakers. As the conference you will be experiencing is in Southern California, we thought we should promote two of our well-known Tillandsia hybridizers - Pamela Koide-Hyatt and Paul Isley. Pam has made more than 3,000 Tillandsia hybrids, then waited up to 25 years to see many of them reach maturity and begin to bloom. ...
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