Tillandsia Dr. Ropata
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Tillandsia Dr. Ropata
From BCR - Wellington, New Zealand, First bloom date: May, 2008 General description: medium-sized plant 23-25cm diam., flowering 21 cm., inflorescence digitate, peduncle 10cm, spikes 6cm. long, 1 cm. wide. Stamens exserted.
Plant introduced into New Zealand in a commercial shipment of plants labelled "Tillandsia oaxacana" from Tropimeyer, Guatemala in 2002. This lot turned out to be approx. 90% T. velickiana, 10% T. matudae and one 'Dr. Ropata' that I know of (approx. 50% of the shipment were sold unflowered). 'Dr. Ropata' has a compound inflorescence and extended rachis not found in any of the other Guatemalan imports in this group. It seems reminiscent of T. matudae/velickiana in the leaf formation, spikes much closer to T. vicentina.
Etymology - "Dr Ropata" was a character in a local medical soap-opera on TV - he was a rather self-important South American import, whose behaviour eventually drove the Head Nurse to exclaim the immortal (in NZ) line "you're not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata"
Unknown parentage. Registered by Andrew Flower, NZ.
Andrew Flower 12/18
Andrew Flower ... "One extreme example {of variable branching} is Tillandsia Dr Ropata from Guatemala, this one has three offsets with different numbers of spikes all on the same plant.
Plants are quite plastic in certain characteristics, governed by so-called "quantitative" genes, that will develop quite different forms of leaves, stems eg., depending on internal and external environment differences - much more than you get in sexual parts governed by "qualitative" genes. I'm not sure which category different spike development fits into!"

Updated 13/04/19