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Contents of Newsletter

  • Notices
  • Report on the August Meeting.
  • Popular Vote 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.
Pam thanked Denise Ball and helpers for creating the Bromeliad Display at the EKKA.

The Tillandsia Day has 100 registered, and the maximum is about 120. So register and pay online.

The BSQ committee is looking for a couple of volunteers to join the committee. 

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 15th September, 2022. Meeting 20th October, 2022.
Info Session – Raising bromeliads from seed with Peter Ball Info Session – Q & A.
Guest Speaker – Greg Aizlewood. Guest Speaker – Cheryl Basic.
Topic – Travelogue Bolivia. Topic – Species.
Plant of the Month – Nidularium with Denise Ball. Plant of the Month – xSincoregelia with Sue Hall.
Plant Competition: Popular Vote (see schedule below) Plant Competition: Mini Show (see below).

Information Session with John Smits, who presented on

Photography of Bromeliads with Your Smart Phone.

John uses his Samsung smart phone, and has upgraded from the S10 to the S22Ultra 
For best light, John advises avoid the middle of the day when the light is too harsh,
and gives you washed out photos.

Prefer early morning or evening when the light is softer, and you get better tones of
orange, yellow and red. Cloud cover can help improve the light.

Don’t use flash.

Choose the point of focus for a more interesting photo.

Aim for closeups of your plants. Use the macro facility on your phone.

Be aware of the background- clear away distracting clutter.

Beware of the ‘photo bomb’, ie, your feet in an overhead shot.

Take lots of photos say 20 of the one plant, so you can select the best.
Try different angles aiming to get the best image.

Fill the frame, do this when you edit and crop. 

Misting your plant with a water bottle can create a lovely shiny effect.

Experiment with black and white.

Use a tripod to eliminate movement and blurred images.

The galaxy has a variety of zoom features, up to x100.

Thanks John for your introduction to photography of bromeliads.

Guest Speaker

Bruce Dunstan on Tillandsias in Nature.

His camera: Bruce previously used a ‘point and shoot’ camera with a x30 Zoom.

Now he uses an iPhone which does better macro shots.

Many of these Tillandsias grow at high altitude, and are difficult to grow in SEQ. 

These are a selection of Tillandsias discovered during his expeditions through South and Central America. 

Tree loaded with Tillandsia maculata

Tillandsia maculata closeup very red from ultraviolet, 2m high

Tillandsia fendleri in Colombia 1.5m high spike:

tree loaded with Tillandsia fendleri:

Tillandsia fendleri at Machu Picchu with yellow paddles:

Tillandsia carrierei in tree:

Tillandsia longifolia , the biggest Tillandsia in the world:
Tillandsia andreanna on tree, hard to grow in SEQ:

Tillandsia brachycaulos very red:
Tillandsia brachycaulos pink: 

Tillandsia fasciculata 2 spikes 

Tillandsia lieboldiana very red 

Tillandsia bulbosa tangle on a branch:

Tillandsia chontalensis 

Tillandsia schimperiana;

Tillandsia schultzeii:

Tillandsia brenneri Rio Nangaritza in shadehouse, a spotted Tilliandsia:

Tillandsia oerstediana yellow spike 

Tillandsia violascens:

Tillandsia myriantha 

Tillandsia araujei. 
Tillandsia conflnis 
Tillandsia humboldtii from Colombia, 

Tillandsia heterandra. 

Tillandsia superba. 

Tillandsia elongata. 

Tillandsia restrepoana 

Tillandsia recurvata on power lines:

Thanks Bruce for sharing images that are a testament to the almost infinite variety of Tillandsias,
many of which we won’t see in Brisbane.

Plant of The Month.: John Olsen brought a selection of Spring-Flowering Tillandsias.
John asked “when is Spring?”
I’ve heard suggestions we should consider the labels ‘Sprinter’ (spring/winter) and ‘Sprummer’ (spring/summer).
Some define spring in Australia from 1st September to 30th November. But it’s not as simple as that.
He pointed  out that spring starts early in the north of our country, and moves south over 6 weeks.
With Brisbane’s latitude, spring starts earlier than in southern states.
He said Spring starts when the RNA Show ends (mid August) until the end of September.

Australian and South America are both in the Southern
Hemisphere, and experience spring at the same period.
Do spring-flowering Tillandsias flower in spring in the northern hemisphere, which is April to end of May? 

T stricta are out in spring

T neglecta bloom before the EKKA, in July which is late winter.

T ‘Purple Gem’ blooms because of its T stricta parentage.

T stricta x ‘Rosy Gem’ is a cross done by John, and he presented one in bloom
T ‘Rosie Gem’ was presented in bloom.
Barry Genn said it took at least 8 years to bring his original hybrid to bloom.

T ionantha ‘Fuego’ 

T vanhyningii (no longer an ionantha cultivar) has been separated because it is caulescent and has roots, not seen in ionantha.

T recurvifolia hybrid ‘Leon’ (uncertain parentage, could be T leonamiana )
T ‘Carmen Gem’ (carminea x recurvifolia var. subsecundifolia 
T bulbosa (see Competition report)
T ‘Lucille’ (ehlersiana x streptophylla)
T gardneri rupicola  (has more recurved leaves than the usual gardneri)

T straminea deep purple 

T tectorum

Thanks John for presenting an impressive collection of flowering Tillandsias.

Popular Vote Winners.

1st Tillandsia bulbosa by Stan Walkley.

2nd xSincoregelia ‘Ecstasy’ by Stan Walkley.

3rd Tillandsia ‘Barry’s Gem’ by Alfonso Trudu.

1st Deuterocohnia brevifolia by Audrey Nolan.

2nd Vriesia pardolina by Sue Hall.

3rd Tillandsia sprengliana by Gilda Trudu.

1st Tillandsia ‘Dimmitt’s Talent’ by Robert Reitano.

=2nd Lutheria splendens (median variegated)  by John Williamson.

=2nd Orthophytum ‘Starlights’ by Barrie Brown.

3rd Dyckia Talbot hybrid by John Williamson.

1st Hang Me by Gilda Trudu.

2nd Orthosaurus by Gilda Trudu.

3rd Gone Fishing by Sue Hall.

  • 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.
These meetings have finished for the year
and will resume in April 2023.

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

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
Next meeting 9am, Sunday 16th October
in the home of Barrie and Beryl Brown.

Those wishing to attend,
RSVP Pam Butler at

Gold Coast Rose Society Annual Show
is on 24-25th, September, 2022, at Robina Community Centre.

Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens
have a bus trip to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
on 1st. October, 2022.


African Violet Show – Auditorium Brisbane Botanic Gardens – 15.10.2022

Qld Rose Society Spring Rose Show–
Brisbane Botanic Gardens – 1-2nd, October, 2022

Hunter District Bromeliad Society Annual Sales Day – Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Heatherbrae 15.10.2022 – 11am to 3pm.

The Queensland Council of Garden Clubs will conduct a special tour of Government House Gardens on Thursday 3rd November, 10:30am. RSVP to Phil Adam 0427497381 , or by email to

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.?
December 3rd TBC Christmas Party
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