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  • Report of August Meeting
  • Program for September and October meetings
  • Practical Class given by John Olsen on mounting Tillandsias.
  • Plant of the Month was Spring-Flowering Tillandsias by Bruce Dunstan.
  • Guest Speaker was Bruce Dunstan on Guzmania species in Habitat.
  • Results of August Popular Vote.
  • Upcoming Events
  • 2018 Meeting Information

Ed. Maxim Wilson

August Meeting Notes
John Olsen chaired the meeting in the absence of President Barry Kable.

The RNA Show Plant Competition was again won by the BSQ Entry, assembled by Amanda Meads and her team.
They won the 
Colin Campbell Memorial Award for the most educational display, and won first prize in Horticultural Display.

Spring Show will be held at the new venue of the Belmont Rifle Range Complex. This site is close to the Gateway Arterial and should provide easy access for everyone.
Plenty of parking will be available.
3rd & 4th November (see below).

Mounting Tillandsias with John Olsen.
John demonstrated mounting seedlings or small offsets onto wine bottle corks, wooden pegs, and pieces of cork sheeting,
Using various adhesives:
His preferred glues are Selleys AllClear (over Selleys Liquid Nails),
Wellbond Glue works well for tiny seedlings onto wooden pegs.
Aluminium wire is used for holding larger plants. He starts with a crook at the end of the wire, this holds the base of the plant and then the wire is looped around the plant holding it vertical.
Lengths of nylon stocking are useful for fixing larger plants to a mount or tree.
Plants tolerate the galvanized coating on wire.
Long pins can stabilize a small plant until its roots secure a grip on the mount, especially T. ionantha, which can come loose if glued and the lower leaves die off.

Plant of The Month segment Bruce Dunstan entertained us with many Spring-Flowering Tillandsias from his collection.

T. recurvifolia subsecundifolia is at its peak now. Bruce has 4 varieties, and showed us his giant form. 
T. leomaniana resembles the above, but differs in having blue flowers.
T. ‘Houston’ (stricta x recurvifolia) was in abundance at the meeting.
T. ‘Rosy Gem’ (stricta x neglecta
T. bulbosa has a curious growth habit, seen in Panama.
T. stupenda
T. novakii.   See pic
T. complanata note the spike uniquely grows out of leaf axils.
T. concolor x fasciculata  Dimmitt hybrid.
T. ‘Holm’s Mother Lode’ has perfume, yellow flowers.
Tillandsia 'Holm's Mother Lode' (duratii x crocata).

Tillandsia neglecta grows on rocks near Rio de Janeiro.
Tillandsia winkleri is from Brazil.
Tillandsia recurvifolia subsecundifolia is at its peak,
and Bruce showed us his giant form.
Tillandsia sprengliana.

Guest Speaker was Bruce Dunstan on Guzmanias.
What is a Guzmania?
Guzmanias belong to a genus of bromeliads in the subfamily Tillandsioideae. 
They lack spines,
they are rainforest plants and like it warm and wet.
They are distinguished from Vrieseas and Tillandsias by a tubular shape to their flowers.

These plants are named after the 18th century Spanish naturalist Anastasio Guzman.

They need warm conditions, plenty of indirect light, humidity and regular access to water to thrive, so can be grown outdoors in such climates; however many are grown indoors provided that humidity is kept up.

Guzmania grow perfectly well in low light conditions and artificial light and are therefore used very successfully indoors such as offices and shopping centres.
Most species come from the high Andes in the rainforests of Colombia, Ecuador into western Brazil. And this is where Bruce found them in habitat while on his travels in South America.
There are 139 species of Guzmania on the Florida Council Photo Index and Bruce appears to have photographed at least 54 of these in Ecuador and Colombia, a remarkable achievement.

The North West of South America
where Bruce found these Guzmanias.

Guz albescens from Ecuador has a spike 1m tall, and it’s pink and white flowers attract humming birds.

Guz alborosea
from Ecuador has a 1m spike,
with pink and white flowers which attract hummingbirds.

Guz angustifolia
forms big clumps up to 1m wide in trees  with only tiny flowers.

Guz betancurii has a 1.5m inflorescence with red branches and white flowers.

Guz bipartita from Ecuador.

Guz calamifolia leaves are ridged or plicate which may protect against the heavy rain.

Guz testudinis

Guz conifera, from Ecuador, has a
fire-engine red pine cone-shaped inflorescence, and resembles bipartita. Conifera is one species often for sale.

Bruce regards Jeffrey Kent as the Guzmania guru.
His father had a vast collection and in 1973 Jeffrey and his father established Kent’s Bromeliads in Vista, California. They went to South America collecting bromeliads including Guzmanias for commercial production. They collected plants at altitudes between 700 to 1500m for these were ideal for commercial sales. Guzmanias that grew below 700m didn’t tolerate the cold, and plants found above 1500m suffered from the Californian heat.
Guzmanias are found in old primary growth forests, and not in regrowth  forests.

Guz ekmanii is from the Dominican Republic by the Caribbean Sea, and has been transported to Singapore by Harry Luther. It has a 1m tall inflorescence.

Guzmania lingulata is a variable small species used commonly in hybridising for the commercial market.

Guzmania witmackii is the other major source of commercial hybrids.

Guz vittata from Amazon Peru,
has patterned leaf.

Guz musaica var discolor has a patterned leaf with transverse striations (photo by Bruce).

Guz speciosa is highly sought after, made famous by Chester Skotak’s book “Searching for Miss Fortuna: The Hunt for a Bromeliad”. It is found in Panama and is yet to be registered.

Guz kareniae from north Ecuador has bright pink bracts.

Guz melinonis is from the Amazon.

Guz tuscheri has a big yellow bloom.

Guz spectabilis was described in 1800’s, found in Costa Rica and Ecuador.

Many thanks Bruce for sharing your remarkable experience with Guzmania Species in Habitat.

Christmas Party is on thursday 6.12.18 at
Easts Leagues Club,
40 Main Avenue Coorparoo.
Cost is $40 for each member,
Please pay the treasurer at the coming meeting,or online
BSB 124 057, ACC 021663949.
Deadline for payment is the November Meeting.

There will be a buffet dinner.
It will feature the usual monster raffle.

Popular Vote Competition Results
1st Tillandsia ‘Beauty’ by Alfonso Trudu.
2nd Tillandsia bulbosa by Alfonso Trudu.
3rd Tillandsia fuchsia var gracilis by Gilda Trudu.

1st Tillandsia ‘Houston’ by Evelyn Rees. 
2nd Aechmea ‘Roberto Menescal’ by Graeme Stay.
3rd Tillandsia recurvifolia subsecundifolia by Livia Doidge.

1st Tillandsia xerographica by Bruce Dunstan.
2nd Dyckia ‘Talbot’ by Barbara McCune.
2nd Cryptanthus ‘Thriller’ by Barbara McCune.

Decorative Display:
1st ‘Tilly Turtles’ by Barbara McCune.
1st ‘We’ve Been Framed by Karen Kiddey.
3rd ‘Corsage’ by Gilda Trudu.

 Tillandsia 'Beauty' by Alfonso Trudu.
Tillandsia bulbosa by Alfonso Trudu.
Tillandsia fuchii var gracilis by Gilda Trudu.
Tillandsia 'Houston' by Evelyn Rees.
Aechmea 'Roberto Menescal' by Graeme Stay.
Tillandsia xerographica by Bruce Dunstan.
 Cryptanthus 'Thriller' by Barbara McCune.
Dyckia 'Talbot Barbara' by Barbara McCune.
"We've Been Framed" by Karen Kidday. 
"Corsage" by Gilda Trudu.
In the September and October Meetings, every member will receive a $20 voucher for purchase of plants at our Spring Show.
These will not be transferrable.

Spring Show will be held at
The Belmont Shooting Complex
1482 Old 
Cleveland Road, Belmont.
3-4 November, 2018.
8am to 4pm Saturday,
8 am start tables setup.
10:00 to 12:00 enter Competition Plants, they must be tabled by noon.
1:00pm Judging Commences.
9 am to 1pm Sunday.

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

On Sunday 9th  September, the regular Tillandsia Meeting was held at John Olsen’s home.
25 people attended and people brought their Tillandsias in flower.
The focus was on Tillandsia aeranthos, but other blooms were shared.
Lesley Baylis shared her fab. photos of Tillandsias in habitat in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Southern Mexico.
We will see more of this with Cheryl Basic’s talk this month.
All members are invited. Tills are on sale too.

Tills morning John Olsen's home.
Stan shares his blooming Tillandsia 
Leslie Baylis, Pam Koide and T. ezeii in Mexico.

2018 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 Alcantarea
June Vriesea
July Intergenerics
August Rare Genus
September Billbergia
October Guzmania
November Neoregelia/Nidularium
December Hollioides (S. Claus to present)

Meeting Dates 2018

Month Date
January 18th
February 15th – AGM
March 15th
April 19th
May 17th
June 21st
July 19th
August 16th
September 20th
October 18th
November 15th
December 6th – Christmas Party 

This Month
September Meeting
Popular Vote
See the schedule below.
Information Session
Pam Butler on Preparing Plants for the Spring Show.
Plant of the Month
Pam Butler on Billbergias.
Guest Speaker
Cheryl Basic on her Bromeliad Adventure in Southern Mexico.
Plant Commentary
Maxim Wilson.
October Meeting
Mini Show

See the schedule below.
Group Participation Event:
Bring in your favourite bromeliad(s) and the discussion will be facilitated by Bruce Dunstan.
Plant Commentary t.b.a.
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