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Len Colgan 10/15 roseoscapa hybrid ?
Len Colgan 10/15 roseoscapa
Len Colgan ... "Way back in 1984, 31 years ago, I brought in a shipment of tillandsias from Werner Krauspe in California. It included a large plant labelled T. roseoscapa and another similar plant labelled T. acultzinea.
Not long afterwards, in 1987, the first of those flowered, appearing very similar to the species T. roseoscapa, as labelled. Please see scans of my old slides in the first two attachments. However, Derek and I were puzzled because the flower petals were not entirely yellow, as in the species description. The flowers all had purple bases, just visible in the images, which seemed to us a sure sign that what I had was a natural hybrid of T. roseoscapa and some other purple flowering species. Although the plant made an attempt at offsets, nothing survived.
In the meantime, what was the other plant labelled T. acultzinea, which was obviously yet another made-up name invented by Krauspe? Derek and I did discover there was a village in Mexico name Acultzingo, close to the natural habitat of T. roseoscapa. Hmm!
Well, 31 years after it was imported, it is now in flower. Actually, it was in spike in January when it was just small enough to fit into my car boot laying down to bring it to the society meeting. It has slowly expanded since then.
Please see the last two images which I just took this morning and cropped. As you can see, the flowers are completely yellow, and this is undoubtedly a very nice specimen of T. roseoscapa.
it is nice to know that I did actually get the species that I sought from Krauspe." Peter Tristram ... "Hi Len, finally you have flowers! Hell of a long wait! All of WK Broms' 'acultzineas' sent to me when I was young bloomed close enough to roseoscapa, as we have discussed, but you never know, there might have been some purple hidden or almost hidden by the floral bracts. Mine all pupped so will be all over the place now. Evidently it hybridises in habitat too- it seems this is a common fact of brom evolution in Mexico."