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Contents of Newsletter

  • Notices
  • Report on the July Meeting.
  • MiniShow Competition Winners.
  • Upcoming Events.
  • 2022 Meeting Information.

Editor: Maxim Wilson

President Pam Butler opened the meeting.

Pam reminded us to observe Queensland Government advice about covid precautions,
given that Queensland is in the middle of a surge of BA5 infections.

Regards our Spring Show on 24/25th September, those plant sellers needing more than one table
are required to donate a quality plant to the raffle. The more tables required, the more quality plants will be required.

The Tillandsia Day has 94 registered, and the maximum is about 120. So register and pay online.

Order for general meetings is as follows:

7pm Meetings start with an Information Session.

7.20pm General Business.

7.30pm Guest Speaker.

8.15pm Plant of the Month.

8.30pm Supper.

9pm    Competition results & Raffle.

9.30pm Meeting Closes.

Committee is looking for ideas for topics and guest speakers for coming meetings. 
Also if any member is interested in giving a talk/presentation on a topic of interest.

August/September Meetings

Meeting 19th August, 2022. Meeting 15th September, 2022.
Info Session – Photography-How to take good photos of plants with John Smits. Info Session – Seed-raising of bromeliads
with Peter Ball.
Guest Speaker – Bruce Dunstan. Guest Speaker – Greg Aizelwood.
Topic – Tillandsias in Habitat. Topic – Travelogue.
Plant of the Month – Spring flowering Tillandsias and Wallisia with John Olsen. Plant of the Month – Nidularium with Denise Ball.
Plant Competition: Popular Vote (see schedule below) Plant Competition: Popular Vote (see below)

Information Session: Raising Tillandsia from seed with John Olsen.

Remember, this is a long term activity, takes years for results.
Collecting seed: Once the bloom is fertilised, and seeds start to appear,
John covers them with a muslin bag to collect the seed:
It may take 6-8 months to harvest mature seed.
John contained a whole clump of T.minutifolia in one bag to get all seed:

Assessing the seed: a gentle squeeze will detect the change from hard (unripe seed) to softer,
indicating maturity.
Breaking open the seed pod reveals the typical Tillandsia seed as a filament
with a seed one end, and a parachute at the other"

If the seeds feel ‘ropey’, they are unlikely to produce seedlings.
Sowing seed: John stretches shade cloth over squares of welded mesh
with a strut to place it at an angle:

Untangle the seeds and snip off the ‘fluffy stuff”, for this can collect water and promote growth of fungus. 
Spread the seeds over the pieces of shadecloth, and spray them with dilute Mancozeb, to attach them.
Don’t forget to label the plate of seeds.
With regular misting, seeds germinate and grow, and look for small roots to emerge from the seed:

Transplanting seedlings to laundry pegs. 
Place a small drop of Wellborne liquid glue to a peg, 
With dry hands, transfer each seedling to the peg attaching the root to the spot of glue:

Again, don’t forget to label. 
From now on, give the seedlings your usual liquid fertiliser.
When seedlings well established, detach and mount on a bottle cork.
Thanks John for sharing your experience in raising Tillandsias from seed.

Doug Binns spoke on the Bromeliads of
the Serra do Espinhaço.

The Espinhaço Mountain range runs north-south for 1,100km in eastern Brazil. Highest peak is 2,070m.
It contains a lot of endemic plants, many unique. The East Atlantic Forrest is to the east, although only 10% remains, after many years of regular bush fires and farming. 

This is a typical habitat that contains Billbergia amoena:

Cottendorfia has only one species, C. florida and is endemic to the range.

Dyckia are common, and these might be Dyckia mezzi:

Small green Dyckia ?name:

Dyckia joannae-marcioi:

Encholirium: entire genus is endemic to north eastern Brazil
growing exclusively in arid, rocky conditions. 
Encholirium spectabile (in habitat):

Encholirium magalhaesii seems to flourish here.
The bloom has poor petals, is mostly stamens.


Encholirium scrutor is fairly common, rarely seen in bloom, only 5cm across.

Encholirium viridocentrum (habitat and closeup) 

Encholirium pulchrum is the largest of bell-shaped Encholiriums.
This spike is 1m tall

Forzzaea leopoldo-horstii was a cryptanthus.

Cryptanthus were reclassified to Forzzaea in 2017.
Forzzaea bloom:

Hohenbergia igatuensis:

Hohenbergia magnispina: some are green, others purple.
They grow on rock faces in full sun.
Note the albomaginated form (aka Karla) presented by John Smits (below).

Hohenbergia utriculosa (resembles correia-araujoi ) and pennae
(pic below shows both)

Hoplocrypanthus aff. knegtianus:

Lapanthus duartei  with fab bloom below:

Lapanthus itambensis plant and bloom:

Actinocephalus polycephalus (non bromeliad):

Neoglaziovia variegata 

Orthophytum diamantinense habitat & closeup red:

Orthophytum estevesii 
Sincoraea mucugensis:

Stigmatodon pseudoliganthus:

and some wildlife (anteater):

Thanks Doug for an entertaining adventure to Eastern Brazil.

Plant Of The Month: Hohenbergias with John Smits.

Hohenbergias are medium to large clumping bromeliads, like a bigger robust Aechmea in appearance, and of similar culture. They grow as epiphytes, saxicolous on rocks and as terrestrials on sand near the sea. They were named after Hohenberg, a Prince of Württemberg, and a patron of Botany.
Location: Venezuela, West Indies, Yucatán Peninsula, Colombia and Brazil.
There are 37 species and 34 cultivars.
They have attractive foliage, with broad strap-like leaves that are stiff and leathery.
The leaves can form a tight rosette, but others form a very open tank.
The flower spikes are usually tall and branched with small clusters of flowers.
While they can take 5 years to bloom, the bloom can last several months.
Potting mix must drain well, use bromeliad potting mix, bark chips, perlite and coarse sand.
A poorly draining mix will lead to root and crown rot.
Many prefer full sun, while others like dappled shade.
H. stellata is commonly cultivated and is popular in landscaping. It produces a tall spike, 1m tall, with salmon coloured star-shaped flowers that last for months. It prefers partial shade.

John presented a H.correia-araujoi with tall strap-like leaves with chocolate foliage and thin white striations. Leaves fall outwards, and a striking inflorescence over 1m. tall:

John showed his H. ‘Karla’, an albo marginated magnispina:

It was named for Karla Prinsler, wife of the breeder(below) from Germany.

 The editor paid $100 for this plant in 2015. John says they are more affordable now.

Hohenbergia castellanosii:

Hohenbergia ‘Purple Majesty’ is very attractive:

Dennis Heckart made this hybrid - Hohenbergia leopoldo-hostii X catingae var. elongata.It is a compact grower, with an upright rosette.  In bright light it will develop and purple cast to the foliage.

Thanks John for a good overview of Hohenbergias.

MiniShow Competition Winners:
Class 1:
1st Billbergia ‘Darth Vader’ by Alfonso Trudu.

2nd Billbergia ‘Domingos Martins’ by Maxim Wilson.

3rd Billbergia ‘Evita’ by Pam Butler.

Class 2:
1st Catopsis ‘Emily’ by Pam Butler.

2nd Catopsis berteroniana by Alfonso Trudu.

Class 3:
1st Neoregelia ‘Palmares’ by Pam Butler:

2nd Neoregelia ‘Domino’ by Pam Butler.

Class 4:
1st Tillandsia gardneri var. rupicola by Bruce Dunstan.

2nd Tillandsia  ionantha ‘Vanhyningii’ by Alfonso Trudu.

3rd Tillandsia tectorum by Pam Butler.

Class 5:
1st Tillandsia tectorum by Alfonso Trudu.

2nd Tillandsia sprengliana by Alfonso Trudu.

3rd Tillandsia kautskyi by Alfonso Trudu.

Class 1:
1st Billbergia ‘Cherry’ by Sue Hall.

2nd Billbergia ‘Ivory Tower’ by Gilda Trudu.

3rd Billbergia ‘Hallelujah’ by Gilda Trudu.

Class 2:
1st Alcantarea vinicolor by Sue Hall.

Class 3:
1st Neoregelia ‘Moonshine’ by Sue Hall.

2nd Neoregelia ‘Mojo’ by Sue Hall.

3rd Neoregelia punctatissima by Sue Hall.

Class 4:
1st Tillandsia ‘Dimmitt’s Talent’ by Sue Hall.

2nd Tillandsia leonamiana x ‘Houston’ by Gilda Trudu.

3rd Tillandsia paleacea by Sue Hall.

Class 5:
1st Tillandsia heteromorpha by Gilda Trudu.

2nd Tillandsia sprengliana by Gilda Trudu.

3rd Tillandsia gardneri by Gilda Trudu.

Class 1:
1st Billbergia ‘Kawana Sparkles’ by John Williamson.

2nd Billbergia ‘Avalanche’ by John Williamson.

3rd Billbergia ‘Purple Cow’ by John Williamson.

Class 3:
1st Neoregelia ‘Blushing Tiger’ by John Williamson.

2nd Neoregelia ‘Moondust’ by John Williamson.

Class 5:
1st Tillandsia lorentziana by Robert Reitano.

  • The revised edition of Starting with Bromeliads is now available for purchase at $20 per copy.

Upcoming Events
New Growers Sessions are held monthly
on the first or second Saturday of the month.

9 to 11am at Pam Butler’s place.

Next meeting Saturday 3rd September.
Anyone wishing to attend, contact Pam at 0423173859 or
RSVP is required.

Volunteers BBQ will be held Saturday, 21st August at Pam Butler’s home. 

Spring Show 24/25 September will be at
Genesis Christian College, Bray Park.

Broms in The Bay Show and Sales will be on 27/28th August at
Kondari Resort, Hervey Bay. email

The next Tillandsia Workshop will be Sunday 20th November at
Kedron Wavell RSL Club. Don’t miss out, numbers are limited.
Register at Try Booking

Peter Tristram of Repton, NSW, is relocating, not closing down.

Growing from seed.
Steve Molnar maintains the seed bank.
He wants to hear from people interested in growing from seed.
If so, what would you like to grow?
Please donate seed to the seed bank? 

Tillandsia Study Group
Next meeting 9am, Sunday 11th September at John Olsen’s home.
Those wishing to attend,
RSVP Pam Butler at


Could you spare 3-4 hours each quarter to put the 250 odd magazines into envelopes and take to a local PO.

The envelopes will be preprinted with addresses in postcode order. 
John Olsen will provide the magazines and envelopes.

Envelopes are put in Auspost trays and taken to a P.O. 
We’ll sort out payment – cash or reimbursement

Convenient if you are near Alderley or Brendale.

Not a demanding job but should knock 40% off our postage. 

Contact John on 0478297051 or discuss at the next meeting. 

During COVID, library services have been reduced.
These were re-instated but at a reduced level in February.
 Books will be available for sale from those provided in the library area. There will also be a loan facility which will provide books for loan for a one month period. A catalogue will be available on the society website.
Books can be ordered for collection at a meeting.
Books must be returned at the following monthly meeting.

2022 Meeting Information

Meeting Show Schedule

Month Show
Popular Vote - any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display.
February Mini Show Class 1- Aechmea species & hybrids.
Class 2- Vriesea species & hybrids.
Class 3- Dyckia species & Hybrids.
Class 4- any other flowering bromeliad or hybrid. 
Class 5 - species.
March Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
April Mini Show
Class 1 – Bromelioideae not listed elsewhere in Schedule, species & Hybrids
(Acanthostachys, Ananas, Androlepis, Araeococcus, Bromelia, Canistropsis, Canistrum, Edmundoa, Fascicularia, Hohenbergia, Hohenbergiopsis, Neoglaziovia, Nidularium, Ochagavia, Orthophytum, Portea, Quesnelia, Ursulaea, Wittrockia)
Class 2 – Guzmania species and hybrids
Class 3 – Pitcairnia species and hybrids
Class 4 – any other flowering bromeliad species and hybrids
Class 5 – species
May Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
June Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
July Mini Show
Class 1 – Billbergia
Class 2 – Tillandsioideae not listed elsewhere in Schedule, species & hybrids (Alcantarea, Catopsis, Mezobromelia, Racinaea, Werauhia)
Class 3 – Neoregelia up to 200mm diameter when mature, species & hybrids
Class 4 – any other flowering bromeliad species and hybrids
Class 5 – species
August Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
September Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
October Mini Show
Class 1 – Neoregelia over 200mm diameter when mature, species & hybrids
Class 2 – Tillandsia species & hybrids
Class 3 – Pitcairnioideae not listed elsewhere in Schedule, species & hybrids
(Brocchinioideae, Lindmanioideae, Hechtioideae (= Hechtia), Puyoideae (= Puya), Navioideae, Pitcairnioideae (= Deuterocohnia, Encholirium, Fosterella)
Class 4 – any other flowering bromeliad species & hybrids
Class 5 – species
November Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
December No Meeting

Plant of the Month Schedule and Meeting Dates

Month Date Plant
January 17th no meeting.
February 17th Tillandsia.
March 17th AGM Alcantarea.
April 21st Cryptanthus.
May 19th Vrieseas.
June 16th Orthophytum.
July 21st Hohenbergias.
August 18th Spring flowering Tillandsias and Wallisia.
September 15th Nidularium.
October 20th Sincoregelia.
November 17th Guzmania and Vriesea.
December 3rd TBC Christmas Party
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