Andrew Flower ... "Judging from seedlings flowering here at present, anybody who has been growing seed labelled "Tillandsia jucunda v. viridiflora" received from the BSA seedbank in late 2002 is in for a surprise. Or two.
Early flowerings here from this batch (see above) have golden yellow leaves. (var. viridiflora has green leaves).
Three reasons why these plants are not going to be T. jucunda v. viridiflora:
(1) T. jucunda var. viridiflora is now claimed to be, in fact, T. ixioides subsp. viridiflora (Rauh) Gouda 2010. SO at best they'd be an ixioides not a jucunda.
(2) Plants from the seedbank aren't a "viridiflora" anyway, since they don't have green leaves.
(3) These plants are not consistent with what I take to be T. jucunda - see pic of one grown from seed I collected near Salta, NW Argentina.
Flushed with excitement at this golden surprise, I registered AB872163-5276 as 'Aussie Gold' - and based on its floral bract size in particular being closer to ixioides than jucunda, and the bract colouration being distinctly more toward jucunda, it seems to fall somewhere in between those two species. Subsequent flowerings in the batch were consistent with #5276, until.....
Fools's Gold? Along came AB872163-5273 (see pic. above which can speak for itself!).
Before they start flowering I don't knowingly sell plants from seedling batches that are possible crosses, or come from external sources that I am unsure of (not being one of those nurserymen whom Uncle Derek loves to diss :-) ). In the case of this particular batch of "jucunda v. viridiflora" seedlings, I now have to label each seedling individuallly and segregate out those that are consistent with 'Aussie Gold,' with the intent of selling their offsets in due course. Time will tell what has been going on with the batch - they may be a second generation hybrid (there are visions of recurvifolia being involved?) maybe seeds got mixed up at the BSA seedbank, or by me when I sowed them, it could be that different ovaries in one flower were pollinated by different daddies: its unlikely we could ever figure that out definitively.
So there you go - just as well I waited 13 years before distributing incorrectly named seedlings!"