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cv. of jalisco-montecola
From BCR ... "Mature, large rosette to 70cm. diameter x 70cm. high in flower. Foliage height 45cm. Wide, stiff scurfed, grey-green basal leaf sheaths, the curved blades tapering to a point. Erect or leaning varied, branched inflorescence of predominantly light amber yellow adpressed bracts edged red and graduating to green tips or vermillion red bracts phasing to lime green tips, the longest branch being 30cm, plus mauve tubular flowers. This plant is assumed to have been imported to Australia around the early 1990's from either Mexico or the USA but it's exact origin is unrecorded. Thought by some Aussies to be within the range of T. magnispica or a form of T.jalisco-monticola but the status of this plant is dubious, so it was decided to give it a cultivar name as a reference. Named after Dylan Larson, the registrant's son."
Chris Larson 12/14 ... "Just got this lovely plant back in flower. I know it has been featured before and I’ve parted with a few – mainly as “T. jalisco-montecola? Branched” or something similar. But I am shortly going to register it as T. Dylan after my son.
|Chris Larson 12/14
||Bruce Dunstan T. jalisco-montecola ?
This one hasn’t quite coloured up as well as usual – needs a lot more light – if anyone has a better photo for registration can they please forward it to me."
Andy Seikkenen ... "As for the plant, very interesting. Initial gut reaction would be to speculate a bit about some T. rothii genes being in there (something about the way that the branches are clustered and oriented). Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to poke around the southern edge of their range where it looks like they are sympatric with T. rothii and fasciculata (?). I see lots of interesting plants in the trees, but it seems like we are always running out of light and can never find a good spot to pull over when we go through that stretch. But T. jalisco-monticola is a lot more variable than most people think. Some have shorter, more stout paddles like this, some have paddles 18" long. Some are almost completely yellow, some seem to be completely red (and everything in between). Some are simple and some have a bunch of branches. So hard to say whether to consider it a 'normal/straight' jalisco-monticola or possibly a natural hybrid with rothii.
It is hard to really look at the details of jalisco-monticola in the wild as they are usually so high up in the trees that you can't get much color detail. Best way to see them is usually to look at what has fallen as well as the local botanical garden which always has a bunch in bloom."
(Ed. - This plant may well be just one example of T. jalisco-monticola and does seem to be within the bounds of what is found in the wild. BUT, 1)the original description of T. jalisco-monticola is a single flat paddle. 2)T. Dylan is particularly nice, 'collectible', possibly a natural hybrid, and needs an identity. 3)It has been distributed, sold, and requested under this name.
It has now, therefore, been registered as such.)