Peter Tristram 10/14...."Many of you will have bloomed the little red Brazilians over the winter months and the last to bloom for me is always the delightful T. sucrei. For such a small plant it has a monster inflorescence! This year is a real treat as all of my forms are in bloom, so lots of pollinating to get true sucrei seed too (and a few hybrids). The smaller form in the photo with the 2 plants is the one sucrei collectors all have, which was imported at least 30 years ago. The larger one I obtained from Goettingen Botanical Garden in Germany and is blooming for the first time. It is even larger than the other large form I have, also from a German BG, that I posted last year, and also in bloom. The flowers on the Goettingen plant are much paler than all of the other forms too and I have heard there is an alba form as well, though Iíd have to go to Germany to have any hope of being at the right place at the right time to get a piece.
T. sucrei seems easy to grow on the east coast so I wonder how southern and western growers go with it? Itís natural habitat is smack bang in the middle of Rio, so very different to where something like T. yuncharaensis originates.