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Contents of Newsletter

  • Notices
  • Report on the October Meeting.
  • Mini Show Competition Winners.
  • Upcoming Events.
  • 2022 Meeting Information.

Editor: Maxim Wilson

President Pam Butler open the meeting, and welcomed guests and new members.

The Christmas Party will be at Victoria Park Golf Complex,
starting midday Saturday, 3rd December.
Cost is $45 for members, $55 for non members.
$3,000 worth of specially chosen bromeliads will be raffled.
Go to TryBooking to secure your place.
link…. is

The Tillandsia Day has 100 registered, and the maximum is about 120.
So register and pay online. It is on saturday, 20th November, two days after this weeks meeting.

New show convenor is needed for 2023 as John Williamson has resigned. 
This is urgent if March show is to proceed.

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.

November/January Meetings

Meeting 17th November, 2022. Meeting Thursday 19th January, 2023.
Info Session – Seed raising Tillandsias
                        with John Olsen.
Info Session – tba.
Guest Speaker – Pam Butler. Guest Speaker – Mal Cameron.
Topic – Artistic Displays. Topic – tba.
Plant of the Month – Guzmania with Greg Macleod. Plant of the Month – Aechmeas.
Plant Competition: Popular Vote (see schedule below) Plant Competition: Mini Show. (see below).
A Bromeliad Marvel
This clump of Tillandsia funkiana is the creation of Paul Isley III of Tropicana in Los Angeles,
California. It was 47 years old when photographed by Bruce Dunstan in 2012.

Information Session:
Q and A with Bruce Dunstan, John Olsen and Barry Kable

Guest Speaker was Cheryl Basic who spoke on bromeliad Species.
Cheryl remembers collecting Catopsis early in her career.
Catopsis compacta was always mounted probably because it was commonly found as epiphytes growing high in the treetops Then growers started potting them and they grew much bigger.
She ordered a lot from Chris Larsen in Melbourne, both male and female, but they had no names, and although they have propagated successfully, they remain nameless! 
Catopsis morreana was an early favorite because of the attractive silvery coating of trichomes on its leaves.

Catopsis compacta is another old favourite:

It is also from Mexico and also has an attractive white silvery coating of trichomes. 
Neoregelia have long been a favourite of Cheryl’s. 
One group of stoloniferous neos has retained her interest, and they have been separated out as Hylaeaicum. The genus was named after the ancient forest region known as Hylaea, in the Amazon basin, where the 12 stoloniferos species reside as epiphytes. They have spikey leaves and black spines. 
She has several including: 
H. eleutheropetalum:

H. mooreanum

H. pendulum:

H. roseum:

H. wurdackii:

and Neoregelia (?Hylaeaicum) ‘Pink Spider’ :

Cheryl is fond on mini Vrieseas and has maintained a collection over the years, suffering a few losses.
Vriesea flammea is a favourite, and makes a beautiful basket, despite its attempts to escape:

Cheryl got a mini Vriesea’ from Bird Rock Tropicals labelled #53,
and Cheryl called it Snow White because it had white flowers.
Uncle Derek (Butcher) investigated it and registered it.
Cheryl believes it to be a species, despite the name:

Vriesea delicatula is a favourite:

and was used by John Arden to create many hybrids.
Neoregelias has produced thousands of hybrids, 
and we might forget that there are some beautiful species.
Neoregelia smithii is one attractive species:

Lisa Vinzant in Hawaii has used it as parent to her Blueberry line of attractive hybrids.
Neoregelia pauciflora remains a popular neo species, especially in a big clump: 

They are hard to contain in a basket, but are very attractive
large purple form:

Wikipedia lists 23 cultivars of pauciflora. The good thing about pauciflora is that the mother plants persist for many generations allowing an impressive colony of plants.
Quesnelia attract Cheryl’s interest. In particular, Cheryl got a near black Quesnelia from the Olive Branch and propagated it from seed, and believed it was a species. It has since been registered as a cultivar ‘Black Knight’: 

Thanks Cheryl for putting our focus back on the species of bromeliads. Species are dying out in the wild, and there is value in preserving them.

Plant of the Month: xSincoregelia with Sue Hall.

These are a group of 19 bigenerics, formerly called xNeophytum 
with the binomial or species name preserved.
They are a cross between Sincoraea navioides and a different Neoregelia.
Sue brought along several specimens and combined that with excellent projected slides.
Sue described the optimum conditions for cultivation.
Sue then presented from her collection:
xSincoregelia 'Andromeda', a cross with Neoregelia 'Marble  Throat:

xSincoregelia 'Ralph Davis' is a cross with Neoregelia 'Meyendorffii':

xSincoregelia 'Galactic Warrior', the albomarginated clone of Ralph Davis:

xSincoregelia 'Cosmic Blast', a Chester Skotak release, a cross with Neoregelia carolinae variegated:xSincoregelia 'Gary Hendrix' is a cross with Neoregelia princeps:

xSincorphytum 'Blaze' from Nat DeLeon,
a cross Sincoraea navioides and Orthophytum vagans

Thanks Sue for an entertaining presentation.

MiniShow Winners.
Class 1:
1st Neoregelia ‘Linda Cathcart’ by John Williamson.2

Class 2:
1st Tillandsia fuchsii var. gracilis by Barrie Brown.14
2nd Tillandsia schiedeana by Robert Reitano.1

3rd Tillandsia tectorum by Robert Reitano.6

Class 3:
1st Hechtia texensis by John Williamson.8
Class 4:
1st Sincoraea mucugensis by John Williamson.4

Class 1:
1st Neoregelia ‘Orange Glow’ by Sue Hall.13
2nd Neoregelia ‘Raspberry Ripple’ by Sue Hall.21
3rd Neoregelia ‘Mint’ by Sue Hall.6
Class 2:
1st Tillandsia ‘Bishop John Fischer’ by Gilda Trudu.3
2nd Tillandsia straminea by Gilda Trudu.5
3rd Tillandsia fuchsii var. gracilis by Sue Hall.15
Class 3: 
1st Hechtia by Sue Hall.22
2nd Hechtia tillandsioides by Gilda Trudu.2
3rd Hechtia texensis by Gilda Trudu.12
Class 4:
1st Billbergia ‘The Well’ by Greg Macleod.36
2nd Vriesea ‘Goldie’ by Gilda Trudu.11
3rd Tillandsia tricolor by Sue Hall.17
Class 5:
1st Racinaea hamaleana by Steve Molnar.24
2nd Tillandsia caput-medusae by Gilda Trudu.1
3rd Tillandsia streptophylla by Gilda Trudu.25

Class 1:
1st Neoregelia ‘Margaret’ by Alfonso Trudu.8
2nd Neoregelia species by Alfonso Trudu.19
3rd Neoregelia species by Alfonso Trudu.15
Class 2:
1st Tillandsia ‘Carmen Gem’ by Pam Butler.12

2nd Tillandsia ‘Amamoor’ by Stan Walkley.3
3rd Tillandsia ‘Olwen’s Treasure’ by Pam Butler.14
Class 3:
1st Hechtia tillandsioides by Barry Kable.4

2nd Encholirium  ctenophyllum by Alfonso Trudu.11
3rd Encholirium aff. horridum by Alfonso Trudu.22

Class 4:
1st Sincorea mucugensis by Alfonso Trudu.24

2nd Sincoraea burlemarxii by Barry Kable.7

  • 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. Sessions have finished for this year, and will resume in April 2023.

Anyone wishing to attend, contact Pam at 0423173859 or
RSVP is required.

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

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
Last meeting was 9am, Sunday 16th October.
Those wishing to attend future meetings,
RSVP Pam Butler at

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.

2023 Meeting Information

Meeting Show Schedule

Month Show
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.
February Popular Vote - any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display.
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 19th Aechmea.
February 16th Tillandsia chiapensis
and it’s hybrids.
March 16th AGM Canistropsis.
April 20th Neoregelia.
May 18th Vriesea.
June 15th Tank Tillandsias.
July 20th Billbergia.
August 17th Quesnelia.
September 21st Tillandsia ionantha.
October 19th Dyckia.
November 16th Nidularium.
December 2nd TBC Christmas Party
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