Racinaea undulifolia
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Racinaea undulifolia
Ecuador, Peru.
Ken Woods 04/05, owned by Michael Ferenczi.
Peter Tristram 2012.
Peter Tristram 03/07/13 ... "Regarding Rac. (T.) pendulispica, there might still be plants masquerading as this around Australia, propagated from plants with this name that were imported from Kent’s in the early ‘80s. Jeffrey’s plants are pretty close to Rac. pugiformis though and some other id’s were given over the years, like Rac. tenuispica, by the experts. So, when I visited Jeffrey last year, I was keen to talk old stuff, and he was keen to show me new! The plants pictured are, likely, forms of Rac. pendulispica that Jeff collected in Peru. Thankfully they are pretty easy to grow too. They were grown from seed and seem to vary somewhat in their inflorescence shape, however the foliage is identical on each. I noticed this variability in Vista, California too where they were blooming in mid-summer (110F+ outside!) with far more orange-coloured spikes. I will do a better photoshoot when flowers open (and try for seed). Jeff did a neat hybrid of this with dyeriana (Rac. !) that I’d love to get some of one day."
Peter Tristram 09/14
Peter Tristram 09/14 ... "Lots of interesting Racinaea species are also blooming. Most of the species are very rare in cultivation and many require controlled conditions to thrive – relatively even temperatures, high humidity, frequent watering, regular fertilising and bright indirect light seem be the main ones. I obtained both of these from Jeff Kent a few yrs ago. Some of the undulifolia (used to labelled as crispa in old books) seedlings turned out to be other species that I haven’t a clue of the identity but this one looks good, though different again to the one I last posted. As you can see I encourage moss and water at least daily (with rainwater). I fertilise once a week at about 120ppm nitrogen as nitrate. I grow most of these wet forest species with my species Guzmania from similar environments, the others are either in my Tillandsia house or under shadecloth with extra shading in summer, some bulbous species included as well as tetrantha. There are many Racinaea that overlap T/V species like incurva and tequendamae but the latter are mostly in the sun."

Updated 05/10/14