Tillandsia Copper Penny
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Tillandsia Copper Penny
cv of crocata

Sharon Lee 04/16

Sharon Lee ... "Flowering for me at the moment is an Orange form of T. crocata I picked up from Bob H in June last year. Much stronger scent compared to my yellow form."
Peter Tristram ... "Certainly a lovely form of crocata!
If this is one from Paul Isley (Rainforest Flora Inc – RFI), he named them 'Copper Penny'. Bob will know. Paul told me he did a seed batch (orange x yellow??) and the ones I purchased a few years ago do vary in flower colour (grex named), from yellow to orange. It’s a larger form than the yellows that I have had for years. The form from the Germans is 'Rutschmann Orange' and was likely what Paul started with via Mike Kashkin as mentioned in the BCR."
From BCR ... "‘Copper Penny’, Kashkin M., 1960s?
Mature, caulescent rosette to 25cm. diameter x 15cm. high. Spidery, grey-green scurfed, channeled leaves. Erect or arching inflorescence to 25cm. long of coppery orange flowers which are highly fragrant. This cultivar of T. crocata can grow larger, thicker leaves than the "normal" yellow-flowered form. In the 1970s this orange blooming form came to Rainforest Flora Inc., Los Angeles, from Mike Kashkin of Fuchsialand Nursery, Culver City, California. It is thought this form was probably wild-collected in the 1960s. See also T. 'Rutschmann's Orange'. Reg. Doc. 2/2016 by G. Lawn. Country of origin: Brazil?"

Updated 17/03/17