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Contents of Newsletter

  • Report of the January Meeting.
  • Practical Class: the Monthly Plant Competitions.
  • Guest Speaker: Bruce Dunstan on Pitcairnias.
  • Results of January MiniShow.
  • Upcoming Events.
  • 2019 Meeting Information.

Editor: Maxim Wilson

January Meeting Notes
President Barry Kable welcomed guests and new members.

Bar codes may need replacing.
Older bar codes have thinner lines on them and therefore processed very slowly at the Spring Show. Please see John Olsen to have these replaced with new bar codes, at no cost.

Guest speaker was Bruce Dunstan who spoke on Pitcairnias.

There are 8 subfamilies of bromeliads, and Pitcairnia are in the subfamily Pitcairnioideae along with 5 other genera, including Deuterocohnia, Dyckia, Encholirium being the more familiar ones.
There are over 400 species of Pitcairnia, with likely another 100 in the pipeline.
Most like moist shady positions, are grass-like. Pitcairnia can colonise a whole hillside, and maintains the integrity of the slope with a grassy mass.

A curiosity Pitcairnia feliciana is the only bromeliad know to grow outside the Americas. It is found on cliff faces in Guinea. Perhaps seed was carried by a bird across the Atlantic Ocean!

Location: Pitcairnia are found from Central America to Argentina, with most found in Ecuador and Colombia, where Bruce loves to venture. 

Habitat: some like it dry, and 90% like it hot and wet. 20 to 30 species are in domestic cultivation, and several lose their leaves in winter, regaining them after flowering in the spring.

Cultivation: Bruce recommends a 'standard potting mix', with bark and coir. Sharon grows hers in the ground in her garden.

Bruce projected a collection of wonderful photographs taken in the wild to illustrate his talk.

Pit. atrorubens has an attractive inflorescence of dark red bracts and white petals. Is native to Panama and Costa Rica.

Pit. squarrosa is native to Panama, has a interesting green inflorescence, and also comes in a red form.

Pit. squarrosa var colorata is from Colombia.

Pit. atrorubens var pallidobracteata.

Pit. condorensis is found near the southern border of Ecuador.

Pit. palmoides has petiolate leaves i.e. spoon-shaped. Compound petiolate leaf repels water, and gives defense and protection from excess light.

Pit. arcuata has an arching red spike 30cm long, with yellow flowers that fades quickly.

Pit. ferrell-ingramiae has a long-lasting red inflorescence to attract pollinators.

Pit. barrigae is a massive plant with a 1m tall inflorescence and orange flowers that attract hummingbirds.

Pit. nigra has a showy tall red inflorescence with black flowers.

Pit. bakeri resembles barrigae with showy orange blooms that project sideways.

Pit. maidafolia from Panama has pink and green bracts. The one from Colombia has red spikes. This Pitcairnia is found from Honduras to Venezuela.

Pit. echinata coming from Venezuela is often red, but a yellow form comes from Colombia.

Pit. lymon-smithiana is from Fortuna in Panama.

Pit. multiflora is named for its many flowers, a spectacular bloom! 

Pit. spectabilis comes from Ecuador. A beautiful, terrestrial or epiphytic, clustering bromeliad is native to rainforests in southern Colombia and Ecuador to 1800m. It has an erect, bright pink flower stalk that carries a terminal cluster of green flowers.

Pit. hitchcockiana has an orange bloom with purple and white flowers.
Comes from Ecuador and Venezuela.

Thanks Bruce for another entertaining and informative talk. 
Corrections to last Newsletter
  • The Autumn Show is to be held at Genesis Christian College at Bray Park on 6th and 7th April 2019.
  • Fred Thomson won first place in the Popular Vote.
  • The AGM will be held in March 2019.

Membership Renewal
Memberships fell due as of 31 December 2018. Please make payment immediately to ensure the continuing receipt of membership benefits.
Renew your membership online or in person at the February meeting.
To vote at the AGM you must be a financial member.

The AGM will be held on Thursday 21 March 2019. To nominate for the Management Committee, complete the Committee Nomination Form (PDF). Nominations must be received by the Secretary 14 days prior to the AGM (7th March).

BSQ Facebook group
The Society now has a Facebook group where you can share your garden and connect with other bromeliad enthusiasts.
Please join and share some photos of your bromeliads.

Results of Mini Show

Class 1
1st Aechmea recurvata  by Gilda Trudu.
2nd Aechmea nudicaulus variegata by Gilda Trudu.
Class 2 
1st Vriesea species by Gilda Trudu.
2nd Vriesea ‘Angela Cross Squiggles’ by Gilda Trudu.
Class 3
1st Dyckia ‘Talbot’ by Gilda Trudu.
2nd Dyckia ‘Naked Lady’ by Gilda Trudu.
Class 4
1st Tillandsia ‘Tropiflora’ by Gilda Trudu.
2nd Tillandsia araujei var minima by Gilda Trudu.
3rd Tillandsia vernicosa by Steve Molnar.
Class 5
1st Tillandsia xerographica by Tom Isaac.
2nd Tillandsia streptophylla  by Gilda Trudu.
3rd Tillandsia albida by Gilda Trudu.

Class 1
1st Aechmea ‘Friederike’ by Fred Thomson.
2nd Aechmea recurvata by Alfonso Trudu.
3rd Aechmea recurvata benrathii by Alfonso Trudu.
Class 2
1st Vriesea ‘Patrice’ by Fred Thomson.
2nd Vriesea ‘Speckles’ by Fred Thomson.
Class 3
1st Dyckia ‘Milver Bunts Passion' by Alfonso Trudu.
2nd Dyckia  hybrid by Livia Doidge.
3rd Dyckia ‘Warren’ by Fred Thomson.
Class 4
1st Tillandsia capitata ‘Silver Rose’ x brachycaulos by Pam Butler.
2nd Tillandsia edithae by Livia Doidge.
3rd Tillandsia ‘Phoenix’ by Livia Doidge.
Class 5
1st Tillandsia ehlersiana by John Olsen.
2nd Tillandsia tectorum by Pam Butler.
3rd Tillandsia streptophylla by Pam Butler.

1st Tillandsia jalisco-monticola by Bruce Dunstan.
2nd Tillandsia capitata ‘Tall Yellow’ by Bruce Dunstan.

Tillandsia jallisco-montecola from Bruce Dunstan 
Tillandsia capitata 'Tall Yellow' from Bruce Dunstan.
Tillandsia ehlersiana from John Olsen.
Tillandsia streptophylla from Gilda Trudu.
Tillandsia albida from Gilda Trudu.
Vriesea 'Patrice' from Fred Thomson.
Vriesea 'White Cloud' from Denice McLean.
Tillandsia xerographica from Tom Isaac.
Dyckia 'Milver Bunts Passion' from Alfonso Trudu (the plant in flower in the background).
Dyckia 'Naked Lady' from Gilda Trudu.
Tillandsia 'Tropiflora' from Gilda Trudu.

The Australasian Bromeliad Conference will be held at the Gold Coast on 17-20 October 2019.

Tillandsia Day 2019
The annual Tillandsia Day will have international guest speakers Martin Siaw from Shanghai, China and Pamela Koide Hyatt from California, USA.

Saturday 23 February 2019,
8:30 am to 4:30 pm,

Kedron-Wavell Services Club
Kittyhawk Room
21 Kittyhawk Drive
Chermside QLD 4032.

$35 and includes lunch and morning/afternoon tea.

Book and pay online to reserve your spot. Tickets are limited. or

Martin John Siaw is a native of Singapore and the Curator of the tropical collections at Xiamen Botanical Garden in southern China.  He started collecting and growing Tillandsias 35 years ago, when he was nine.  In 2014, he led his motley crew of six to organize the “Shanghai Garden Festival”, attracting thirty-two thousand two hundred and seven visitors over three days.  Since then, he has designed eight exhibitions showcasing Tillandsias in museums, shopping malls and art galleries across China. Martin will provide an overview of the past, present and future of Tillandsia.
The second of our international presenters is Pam Koide-Hyatt. Pam is seen above with Tillandsia prodigiosa. The owner/operator of Bird Rock Tropicals in California, Pam has been researching tillandsias in Mexico for over 30 years and is a highly regarded world expert on the genus.
For a more detailed overview check out this using a QR Code reader (available free for phone and tablets):

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 hybrids
Class 5 – species


 – 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

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, Hechtioideae (= Hechtia), Puyoideae (= Puya), Navioideae, Pitcairnioideae (= 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 Pitcairnia
February Tillandsia
March Problem bromeliads
April Aechmea
May Hybrids
June Bring your favourite bromeliad
July Commercial operations
August TBA
September Companion plants
October TBA
November TBA

Meeting Dates 2019

Month Date
January 17th
February 21th 
March 21th – AGM
April 18th
May 16th
June 20st
July 18th
August 15th
September 19th
October 10th change of date
November 21th
December 5th – Christmas Party 
February Meeting
Guest Speaker: Martin Siaw on Tillandsias: From Pesky Weed to Precious Wonder, An Unconventional Journey of Acceptance.
Practical Class: Plant Survival Tips. 
Plant of The Month: Tillandsia.
Plant Competition: Popular Vote, see schedule below.
March Meeting
 Practical Class: Pests.
Plant of the month: Problem bromeliads facilitated by Bruce Dunstan.

Plant Competition: Popular Vote, see schedule below.
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