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Plant of the Month: Vrieseas with Alan Phythian.
Guest Speaker Arno King.
Tillandsia lindenii name change with True Grant.

Popular Vote Competition Results.
Members Survey deadline is 18 July.
Finches nest in bromeliads.
Two interesting Tillandsias with Peter Paroz.
Grace Goode OAM turns 100 years.

Editor: Maxim Wilson.

Plant of The Month.
Alan Phythian started with orchids 60 years ago, and got into breeding bromeliads at least 10 years ago. He remembers when 'Red Chestnut' seedlings cost $100 per pup.

He brought along a full table of his creations derived from three batches of Vriesea fosteriana varieties, and another two that he grew from seed imported from John Nicholls in New Zealand.
Alan loves the red color in fosteriana and selected his seedlings to further intensify the red color, and to get bigger plants.

He grows his plants under 70% cream shadecloth. He found that plants imported from N.Z. lost their colour.
He sells some on FaceBook.
Thanks Alan for sharing your experience with us.

Vriesea 'John's Special'

Alan Phythian's 'Red Chestnuts'

Guest Speaker Arno King on 
"Lessons Learnt From 10 Years of Landscaping With Bromeliads on an Acreage Property.

Arno is a landscape architect and a long term member of our society.
Arno King excited us with his venture into transforming a large block of land in Upper Brookfield into a beautiful garden that turned out to be dominated by bromeliads. He purchased the land in 2006: it was formerly an orchard and had good soil. It favourably faced north, and had no water from the municipal supply. 
 Arno started by creating a dam on the crest of the hill in 2008, and had barely completed it when unusual heavy rain filled it overnight. A bore was on the property, but not connected till later. Water supply from the bore varies according to the rainfall. He later bought a 25,000 L. water tank.

   Wildlife abounds on his property, including wallabies, deer, scrub turkeys, and bandicoots. Succulent tuberous rhizomes like heliconias are vulnerable to scrub turkeys and need protection.
Arno found that broms rot when given too much shade, a lot of water, and inadequate air movement. He lost many plants in the shade house from too much water.
He has a great variety of plants growing, with large tracts of plants, including many bromeliads.
Pineapples (Ananas) thrive there, but the fruit must be wrapped in newspaper to protect them from crows.
Aechmea 'Bert' is a favourite, is stoloniferous and climbs up trees.
Billbergias grow well in large plantings.
He has large plantings of Neo 'Sheba' (a spineless variegated clone of Neo. macwilliamsi ) and Neo 'Bossa Nova' (thought to be a variegated cultivar of compacta ).
Neo 'Marnier-Lapostolle' (ampullacea x zonata) has proven very sun-tolerant.
He had a mass of Neoregelia marmorata 'Golden'
There was a range of Alcantareas, many blooming.  Alcan glaziouana thrived, as did Alcan patriae with fab red stems and yellow bracts, on a 3.5m spike. Alcan imperialis also featured prominently.
Aechmea blanchetiana red form from Pamela Koides impressed, as did his gold-red-orange form.
An Aechmea compacta x 'Fire Ball' hybrid was unusual.
Arno pointed out that bromeliads are 'a good friend of other plants'. They hold water after rain, then release it slowly to nearby plants.
Vriesea fosteriana 'Speckles' ( registered by John Catlan ) has proven to be tough, tolerating full sun.
His was a interesting talk, giving us a few ideas that we could use in our garden.

Aechmea "Bert' (Ae orlandiana x fosteriana )
Neoregelia 'Sheba' (spineless variegated clone of macwilliamsii.
Alcantarea patriae
Neoregelia 'Marnier-Lapostolle (ampullacea x zonata.)

Members Survey.
The committee are keen to meet members needs and seek feedback on ways to improve our society's operations.
A survey was emailed 17 June, 2017, with a deadline of 18.7.17.
This will be analysed and results reported to members at the July meeting.

by True Grant

As a follow up to my recent talk on ‘Genera Changes,’ I would like to address in detail two issues that came up in my talk.

Tillandsia lindenii

This bromeliad has caused much controversy since the 1800s when it was first described.

The Bromeliad Taxon List contains 26 references to Tillandsia lindenii including varieties.  Derek Butcher says: “This just means that there are 26 references to botanists who have given THEIR interpretation of lindenii. By the new classification, many will become Wallisia cyanea, some Wallisia lindenii, some become Wallisia pretiosa, duvalii x, & some dropped all together. In other words just because you have lindenii on the label does not mean you can change it to Wallisea cyanea.

Most of what we have as T. lindenii on the label have a substantial stem below the paddle & are probably the hybrid Wallisia ‘Duvalii’ “(see photo courtesy of the BCR).
I have communicated with Derek Butcher & Eric Gouda (both of whom are responsible for the Bromeliad Taxon List) about this topic & they are both adamant that the T. lindenii currently in cultivation is actually T. ‘Duvalii’ & needs to be renamed as such.

Here is an excerpt from the ‘bible’ on Botanical Latin’ by William T Stearn:  Botanical Latin is essentially a written language, but the scientific names of plants often occur in speech. How they are pronounced really matters little provided they sound pleasant & are understood by all concerned. This is most likely to be attained by pronouncing them in accordance with the rules of classical Latin pronunciation. There are, however, several systems, since people tend to pronounce Latin words by analogy with words of their own language.
In English speaking countries there exist two main systems, the traditional English pronunciation generally used by gardeners & botanists & the ‘reformed’ or ‘restored ‘ academic pronunciation adopted by classical scholars.

There was some discussion on the night of my talk about the pronunciation of the diphthong ’ae’.   According to Stearn, it can be pronounced ‘ai’ as in aisle (reformed academic) or ‘ea’ as in meat (traditional English). So to pronounce the genus Goudaea as Goo-dee-a is a correct option.  

At the recent Bromeliad Conference at Caloundra I heard Alcantarea pronounced three different ways –all were ‘correct’ options.

If the Botanical Latin name of a bromeliad includes the name of a person – quite often the Latin syllable emphasis is at odds with the syllable emphasis of the person’s name. This can make the exact pronunciation of the person’s name difficult.

The bottom line is that there are ‘several ways to pronounce the Latin names of bromeliads’.

Bruce Duncan brought in an interesting plant-

Till 'Dimmit's Prodigy'.

Tillandsia ' Dimmit's Prodigy' ( Till xerographica x roland-gosselinii x chiapensis)

Peter Paroz brought in two plants of interest 
Till minutiflora. He's been growing it for 10 years 

Till narthecioides.  
It's flower last one day only
It's perfume emits from 6pm to 10pm,
so it likely has a nocturnal pollinator, probably an insect.

He's had up to 13 flower spikes
It probably benefits from bright light.

Peter Paroz with Till minutiflora.
Tillandsia minutiflora from the inet.
Tillandsia narthecioides from Peter Paroz.
Narelle Aizelwood shows the Canistrum with a nest made from T. usenoides.
The double bar finch that nested in Narelle's potted bromeliad

Popular Vote
1st Tillandsia stricta from Sharon Born

1st Vriesea 'John's Special'. from Dorothea Andreason.
2nd Tillandsia bulbosa from Maxim Wilson

1st Aechmea recurvata from Ron Jell
2nd Tillandsia ehlersiana from Ron Jell

1st Tillandsia stricta from Denice McLean.
2nd Ron Jell.

Tillandsia bulbosa (large form)
Tillandsia ehlersiana from Ron Jell.
Aechmea recurvata from Ron Jell.
Tillandsia stricta
Aechmea 'Fatso' ('Forest Fire' x ?)
registered by Rob Smythe,
has links with the blanchetiana group.

How many plants can you enter into Competition ?
For the Popular Vote, you can enter three plants only.
For the Mini Show, you can enter two plants in each of four classes 
making a maximum of eight plants.

The Committee is keen to expand the range of plants on offer at meetings. Sales will be made open to the public so bring your plants in!

The EKKA comes 11th to 20th August.

Volunteers are needed to staff our display; four volunteers are needed daily for ten days. Volunteers are given free entry to the RNA Show.
The potted plant competition at the EKKA was detailed in the last Newsletter.
Prizes up to $100 to be won.


Society Member Shirts are available,
free to new members.

For current members, BSQ shirts cost $25.50 with BSQ logo, 
an extra $5.50 for a pocket, 
and an extra $5.00 with your name embroidered on it.

Beginner’s Day to be held sunday 22 October
at home of Narelle & Greg Aizelwood.


Grace Goode OAM will be celebrating her 100th Birthday in July and to help  celebrate this occasion, arrangements have been made for Grace to attend the Saturday July 15 meeting of the Sunshine Coast Bromeliad Society. This is at 1:30pm, at The Community Hall, Millwell Road East, Maroochydore, 4558.

2017 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 hybrids


 – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display


– 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


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


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


any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display

Plant of the Month Schedule

Month Plant
January Aechmea
February Tillandsia
March Cryptanthus
April Dyckia/Orthophytum/Puya
May Alcanterea
June Vriesea
July Intergenerics
August Rare Genus
September Billbergia
October Guzmania
November Neoregelia/Nidularium
December Hollioides (S. Claus to present)

Meeting Dates

Month Date
January 19th
February 16th – AGM
March 16th
April 20th
May 18th
June 15th
July 20th
August 17th
September 21st
October 19th
November 16th
December 7th – Christmas Party.

This Month
July Meeting
Practical Class : Choosing plants for Competition with Barbara McCune and Ron Jell.

Plant of the Month - Intergenerics with George Stamatis. 
Guest Speaker is George Stamatis on 'A Glimpse into the Future of Bromeliad Collecting in Australia.

Mini Show Commentary.
Next Month
August Meeting
Plant of Month - Rare Genera.
Guest Speaker -tba. 

Popular Vote - see schedule below.
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