Tillandsia tequendamae (formerly Vriesea)
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Tillandsia tequendamae (formerly Vriesea)
Species, Ecuador.
Ian Hook 08/04, BSA meeting.
Plant/photo Chris Larson. Collected Michael Ferenczi.
Photo Peter Tristram 11/11. Plant Michael Ferenczi.
Photo Terence Davis 06/10. Plant Michael Ferenczi.
Bruce Dunstan 09/13, habitat shot by Emilio Constantino.
Stephen Haines 09/13 as tequendamae, but see comments below.
D. tequendamae
DD. cylindrica

Derek Butcher 23/09/13 ....To me you have a fine specimen of TV porphyrocraspeda (Vr. cylindrica). See attached key.
Peter Tristram 23/09/13.....Just for the record Steveís very attractive, smallish, erect-spiked plant was named by Harry as tequendamae who assured me not all populations are pendant.
Derek Butcher 24/09/13.....But look at the key by Gilmartin below. She does not mention whether the inflorescence was hanging or not and as far as I am aware Harry did not dispute her Monograph on Ecuador regarding these two species. I ask all of you to critically look at the shape of the primary bracts.

Key by Gilmartin...
8. Inflorescence compound
- 10. Primary bracts orbicular (D), apices rounded, or apiculate, at least the lower spikes obscured at antithesis........9. Vr. tequendamae
- 10. Primary bracts ovate to triangular (DD), apices acute-attenuate, spikes exposed in part throughout inflourescence.
- - 11. Leaves 40-70cm long, inflorescence erect at antithesis, usually 20cm long or more.........10. Vr. cylindrica
- - 11. Leaves to 35cm long or if longer, then petals with crenulated margins, inflorescence curving at antithesis, 8-18cm long or tripinnate and to 45cm long
(Ed. Note that Vr. cylindrica is now Tillandsia porphyrocraspeda.)

John Olsen 12/18
John Olsen ... "Not thriving in my environment but flowering."
Alfonso Trudu ... "The locality of Tequendama, presumably related to this plant, is at over 2500 m above sea level to the west of Bogota, in Colombia. Maybe the difference in elevation between Brisbane and Tequendama could be a contributing factor why your plant is only just flowering. However, I still believe it is a great success that you made the tequendamae flower. Let's hope for some pups."
Peter Tristram ... "The one in cultivation came from near Quito in Ecuador and is quite different to the tequendamae in Colombia. Itís a regular bloomer and tolerant of extremes. Most TV species grow above 2000 m so require more shade in summer to avoid heat stress. If you search tequendamae in the BCR youíll find one entry and Iíll be discussing this erect-spiked plant and more of these species in my talk. Soon thereíll be another rego under appenii too."


Updated 27/04/19