xNeomea Peter Kearney
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xNeomea Peter Kearney
Intergeneric Aechmea recurvata x Neoregelia johannis (rubra).
See also 'Olympiad' and 'Shooting Star'
Robyn Firth, 3rd, Class 14, BSA Show 06/12. Photo Terry Davis. Peter Kearney
Ian Hook 02/23 Shooting Star at front, Peter Kearney at top
Ian Hook 02/23 'Peter Kearney'
Ian Hook 11/23 'Peter Kearney'
See other notes on 'Shooting Star' page.
From Geoff Lawn:
Olive Trevor got her X Neomea 'Shooting Star' from me, which is largish to 60---70 cms. diameter if fed--mine are half this size. My photo on fcbs.org/ I took in 1986 at Bullis Nursery (Florida) from where I brought back only 1 of maybe 12 similar clones. The quoted parentage is known to be doubtful because the true Neo. johannis was poorly known back then--probably N. coriacea or a hybrid thereof was the pollen parent, the red-leaf form of which became 'Broadleaf Rubra'.
I would say your X Neomea 'Shooting Star' is correctly named and with more heat and light over Summer, watch the foliage change to purple on both the upper and lower leaf blades--it does here at least, under 70% beige shadecloth in a hanging basket. 'Shooting Star' has links with 'Peter Kearney' and 'Dennis', possibly all 3 of which are by the elusive Florida breeder Dennis Bryant.

Updated 04/11/23