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  • Report of the January Meeting
  • Main Speaker: Doug Binns on Sincoraea.
  • Plant of the Month: Dyckias with Len Waite.
  • Practical Session: Scale with John Olsen.
  • Results of January Mini Show.
  • Upcoming Events
  • 2020 Meeting Information

Editors: Maxim Wilson

Special Notice:
Plant sales at meetings
New Meeting Start Time 7pm.

Starting with our January Meeting, plant sales will be available during breaks only - before the meeting, from 6:30pm to 7:00pm and during supper for the first ten minutes.

Plant purchases or other payments will not be permitted during the meeting.

We welcome new members Lyn Parry,
Cheri Parks, Judith Lynne, Kayleen Courtney,
Wendy and Scott Hansen,
Clive and Pauline Watson.

Plant of the Month: 
Dyckias with Len Waite.
Len advises it is better to grow Dyckias from seed, than trying to divide mature plants.
Seeds grow well on Cactus/Bromeliad mix.
Later move seedlings to pots with potting mix and sand.
Dyckias need a lot of feeding, and water in the hotter months.

Practical session: John Olsen on Scale.
scale is an insect that infests
our bromeliads.
Two common forms are: fly speck, hard and black, shown here.Mealy bugs are in this category.

and Soft scale found
on the internet.

Life cycle of scale: the female lays eggs which hatch into crawlers. Males are mobile looking to mate.
Scale on your plant makes it ineligible to enter plant competitions.
Control: use Eco Oil mixed with Crown insecticide, but Crown is very expensive.
Spectrum 200SC works like Crown, and is said to be cheaper.
Spray your bromeliad, then repeat spray 10 days later to interrupt the life cycle.
Remember, good air circulation of plants minimizes scale infestation.

Guest Speaker, Doug Binns entertained us with a talk on Sincoraea, accompanied by stunning photos. Doug is a plant ecologist interested in bromeliads for 40 years. His garden is a half hectare.
Sincoraeas are localized to the Chapada Diamantina, a small area in central eastern Brazil. Doug made 4 tours of the area of about a month each.
The genus Sincoraea dates from 1908, with S. amoena.
In 1955, Lyman B.Smith moved the few species into Orthophytum.
In 2006, Sincorea genus was resurrected, with 11 species, all present on the FCBS Photo Index.
Doug sees them in 3 groups:
those on exposed outcrops, (albopicta, burle-marxii, rosea.
those on sheltered outcrops and ravines (5), and those undescribed (4).
Chapada Diamantina has a history of diamond mining, which might be expected to threaten the Sincoraeas, but they seem to thrive on the mullock heaps.

Doug Binns.
There are two areas in red showing Sincoraea location,
in eastern Brazil.
This is a closeup of the red region above.
the location of the different species of Sincoraea is shown.
Sincoraea burle-marxii pink form.
Sincoraea burle-marxii in habitat.
Sincoraea 'rosea' (Orthophytum roseum) was found
up on the tepui below.
Sincoraea albopicta.
A mass of Sincoraea albopicta in habitat.
Sincoraea albopicta banded form.
extreme form of Sincoraea albopicta.
Sincoraea ophiuroides
bloom has a darker red centre.
Sincoraea undescribed species.
Sincoraea hatschbachii on rock.
Sincoraea hatschbachii in cultivation.
Chapada Diamantina 'Hilton'
just met Doug's needs.
Sincoraea hatschbachii.
Sincoraea mucugensis.

Cultivation Sincoraea seem adaptable to the climate in S. E. Queensland. Doug waters them every three days, and from the bottom up, to avoid washing off the scurf.
All his Sincoraea are grown from seed, which is easy, once you have the seed. 
There may be a flowering season, but Doug has seen them bloom at different times of the year.

Doug’s talk stimulated several questions.

Thanks Doug for a fine presentation.

Results of the Mini Show Competition.
Class 1:
1st Aechmea ‘Del Mar’ by Coni Smits.
2nd Aechmea chantinii ‘Surprise’ by Coni Smits.
3rd Aechmea ‘Roberto Meneschal’ by Steve Molnar.

Class 2:
1st Vriesea ‘Royal Hawaiian’ by Susan Hall.
2nd Vriesea correia-araujoi x ‘Red Chestnut’ by Coni Smits.

1st Dyckia leptostachya by Christine Brittain.
2nd Dyckia fosteriana by Christine Brittain.

Class 4:
1st Tillandsia capitata maron by Jenny Brittain.
2nd Tillandsia stricta x vernicosa by Jenny Brittain.
3rd Nidularium fulgens by Steve Molnar.

Class 5:
1st Tillandsia xerographica by Steve Molnar.
2nd Tillandsia xerographica by Jenny Brittain.
3rd Aechmea haltonii by Coni Smits.

Class 1: 
1st Aechmea recurvata  by Gilda Trudu.
2nd Aechmea fasciata purpurea  by Gilda Trudu.

Class 2:
1st Goudaea ospinae var gruberi by Livia Doidge.
2nd Vriesea species by Alfonso Trudu.
3rd Vriesea ‘Perret’ by Gilda Trudu.

Class 3:
1st Dyckia ‘Melvin Bunt’s Passion’ byGilda Trudu.
2nd Dyckia species by Alfonso Trudu.
3rd Dyckia ‘Talbot’ by Gilda Trudu.

Class 4:
1st Tillandsia ‘Hal’s Nidus’ by Pam Butler.
2nd Tillandsia andreana by Alfonso Trudu.
3rd Neoregelia ‘Big O’ by Livia Doidge.

Class 5:
1st Tillandsia straminea by Maxim Wilson.
2nd Tillandsia xerographica (x brachycaulus) by Livia Doidge.
3rd Tillandsia magnispica by Maxim Wilson.

Class 1: 
1st Aechmea recurvata ‘Zeta’ by Barbara McCune.
2nd Aechmea recurvata by 

Class 2: 
1st Vriesea fosteriana x hieroglyphica by Barry Kable.
2nd Vriesea concerto by Barbara McCune.
3rd Vriesea ‘Warana Mist’ by Barbara McCune.

Class 3: 
1st Dyckia estevesii by Barbara McCune.
2nd Dyckia ‘Betty Farnhill’ by Barry Kable.
3rd Dyckia ‘Talbot  hybrid’ by Barbara McCune.

Class 4:
1st Tillandsia lieboldiana by Barry Kable.
2nd Tillandsia xerographica x fasciculata by Ron Jell.
Tillandsia ‘Te Ngakau’ by Bruce Dunstan.

Class 5:
1st Tillandsia fasciculata ‘Dennis’ by Ron Jell.
2nd Tillandsia xerographica by Bruce Dunstan.
3rd Tillandsia capitata by Ron Jell.

Vriesea fosteriana x hieroglyphica
by Barry Kable.
Vriesea 'Warana Mist' by Barbara McCune.
Dyckia estevesii by Barbara McCune.
Extraordinary plant, this is one of the most desirable of Dyckias because of its unusual fan-shape form with long curving distichus leaves instead of the normal rosette.
Tillandsia xerographica by Bruce Dunstan.
Tillandsia lieboldiana by Barry Kable.
Neoregelia 'Big O' by Livia Doidge.
Tillandsia 'Hal's Nidus' by Pam Butler.
Tillandsia magnispica by Maxim Wilson.
Goudaea ospinae var gruberi
by Livia Doidge.
Tillandsia xerographica by Steve Molnar.

Aechmea 'Del Mar' by Coni Smits.

Nidularium fulgens by Steve Molnar.
Tillandsia ecarinata (L.B.Smith, 1970) was entered by Bruce Duncan, and created a lot of interest. This is a rare species of Tillandsia from Peru. It is attractive but very big. However, this specimen was grown off the ground, and might be only a third the size if grown in soil. see more at:
Rules Governing  Plant Competitions
1.    There are two types of competitions conducted at monthly meetings.
•    Mini Show – held up to 4 times per year and judged by qualified or trainee judges
•    Popular Vote – held up to 7 times per year and judged by members and visitors at the meeting.

2.    Both types of competition consist of three divisions and have the same entry requirements for all Competitors:
•    NOVICE – open to all members of the Society who have not competed before or have not won the Novice Division in an Annual Mini Show in previous years. (New members with extensive experience in growing bromeliads may be expected to automatically transfer to the Intermediate or Advanced Division depending on their level of experience).
•    INTERMEDIATE – open to any member who, in previous years, has won the Novice Division of the Annual Mini Show competition or has extensive bromeliad growing experience. Promotion to this Division occurs automatically in the year following winning the Novice Division in the overall annual Mini Show competition.
•    ADVANCED – for all other members not covered by the requirements of Novice or Intermediate Divisions. Promotion to this Division from the Intermediate Division occurs when the member has won the Intermediate Division annual Mini Show awards twice.

22 February 2020: Tillandsia Day 2020
Hiro Takazawi will be a guest speaker.
Full day seminar including tillandsia sales. For more information and to register, see the Tillandsia Day 2020 event.

N.B. the event is fully booked, with a wait list. Tell John Olsen if you must cancel at

18-19 April 2020: Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales - Autumn Show
Genesis College, Youngs Crossing Road,
Bray Park.
Note increased Prize Money:
Displays win a shield and $250 for first,
$150 for second, $100 for third. 

Individuals are encouraged to enter a Display, no bigger than 2m x 2m.
Plant Competition: $250 for Best in Show, $150 for Reserve Champion,
and $100 for others winners.
Exhibitors Draw: $50 for two entrants.

NB All members attending the MARCH and APRIL meetings can receive a $20 voucher that can be spent at the Autumn Show. Members must get one from John Williamson.

World Bromeliad Conference 
June 10-13, 2020.
Hyatt Regency, Sarasota.

See other Bromeliad Events in Queensland

2019 Meeting Information

Meeting Show Schedule

January - MINI SHOW
Class 1 – Aechmea species and hybrids
Class 2 – Vriesea species and hybrids
Class 3 – Dyckia species and hybrids
Class 4 – any other flowering bromeliad species and hybrid
Class 5 – species.
Feb & March - POPULAR VOTE
– any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
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
– any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
– any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
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
– 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,  Hechtia, Puya, Navioideae, Deuterocohnia, Encholirium, Fosterella.
Class 4 – any other flowering bromeliad species & hybrids
Class 5 – species
– any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
Plant of the Month Schedule
Month Plant
January Dyckia
February Tillandsia
March Stigmatodon
April Fascicularia
May Acanthostachys
June Catopsis
July Fosterella
August Spring-flowering Tillandsias
September Ananas
October Quesnelia & Porteas
November Wallisia
January 2021 Pitcairnia

Meeting Dates
Month Date
January 16th
February 20th
March 19th – AGM
April 16th
May 21st
June 18th
July 16th
August 20th
September 17th
October 15th
November 19th
December 3rd – Christmas Party
February Meeting New Start Time 7pm.
Information Session: How to remove pups by Becky Trevor.
Plant of the month:
Tillandsias with Barry Genn.
Guest Speaker:
Mick Grange on Bromeliads in The Landscape.
Plant Competition: 
Popular Vote- see below for details.

Plant commentary with Peter Ball.
March Meeting
 Practical Class: 
Peter Ball on
Entering Plants into


Plant of the month:
Stigmatodon with Bruce Dunstan.
Guest Speaker: 
Narelle Aizlewood on
Plant Competition.
Plant Competition:
Popular Vote see schedule below.
Commentary by Barbara Murray.

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