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November 2015
VOL 55 NO 11
A flowering tillandsia at
Totara Waters ‘Broms in the Park’.
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• Learning about the genera: Neoregelia – part three
• Photos from ‘Broms in the Park’ and october garden visits• Bromeliad holiday quiz
Photos from
Vriesea fosteriana (rubra) ‘Gold selection’ – Judy Graham.
First in Monthly Choice and Plant of the Month.
Orthophytum ‘Copper Penny’ Vriesea ‘ospinae gruberi’
– John Mitchell. First in open Flowering. x ‘Golden Legend’ – John Mitchell.
second in open Foliage.
Tillandsia ’Cupcake’ – Lynette nash.
First in Tillandsia.
Neoregelia ‘Apricot nectar’
– Peter Coyle.
First in neoregelia Foliage.
Bromeliad Society
October Meeting News – Bev Ching
President Graham Barclay chaired
the meeting and we welcomed 56
members and one visitor.
The ‘Spring Sale’ on the 11th November
was a great success with similar sales to
last year. Everyone agreed the parking
plan needs to be improved when dropping
off sales plants and the committee will
look at this.
Many thanks to members who opened
their gardens for the Society’ garden
visits in October. If anyone is interested
in hosting a garden visit, the committee
would be interested in hearing from you
so we can arrange another outing. You
don’t have to have a palatial property,
or a small garden. All that members
are interested in is how you grow your
beautiful bromeliads in your garden.
Each garden is different, with varied eco
A ‘Get Well’ wish to Betty Goss. Please
let Graeme know, if you know who lost a
pair of reading glasses at the September
meeting. They were found after everyone
had left. Thanks Larry for the whitebait.
Lester Ching has boxes of plant labels
for sale with the cost per box of 1000
being $48 for large size or small boxes
‘Show and Tell’ this month had several
plants for discussion. First up was a
billbergia for naming. It was thought
to be ‘Foster’s Striate’, originally
Billbergia pyramidalis striata. It had
a few white spots which looked like
scale. Use Confidor spray and ensure
the plant has ventilation and water. Next
up were three neoregelias for naming.
They looked like plants that had been
around for a while but were unable to
be named. Next Tillandsia x correalei a
natural hybrid from Mexico of Tillandsia
hondurensis and Tillandsia rotundata.
An unusual species was Tillandsia
copalaensis which looked close to a
Tillandsia fasciculata. Two tillandsias
that were both labelled as Tillandsia
tricolor but somewhat smaller were
Tillandsia concolor from Mexico.
Our speaker was Andrew Maloy, telling
us how he fertilises his vrieseas to
achieve the great results he is known for.
He uses a combination of fertilisers. He
grows his plants in granulated bark no
bigger in size than 7mm, and starts with
½ teaspoon of Osmocote Slow Release,
then a longer lasting controlled release
fertiliser. Remember they work slower
when temperatures are cooler and faster
in higher temperature. Then a liquid
fertiliser is applied every two weeks
in summer with a fungicide. A very
interesting talk.
RAFFLES – Door Prizes were won by
Sarah Barclay, Andrew Maloy and Larry
Murphy. The main raffle was won by
Lynette Nash.
Please remember to have your plants on
the competition tables by 7.20pm.
Open Flowering: First was John
Mitchell with Orthophytum ‘Copper
Penny’ a bright flowering well grown
plant. Second was Graeme Barclay with
Aechmea triangularis, also showing
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Cont’d from P3 – Bromeliad Society Meeting News
several plants in flower. Also on the
table were Vriesea ‘Velva Wurthmann’,
Vriesea ‘Purple Cockatoo’, Guzmania
‘Lemon Blush’, xHohenmea ‘Karamea
Samurai’, and Hohenbergia edmundoi.
Open Foliage: First and second was
John Mitchell with Vriesea hieroglyphica
(dark form) and Vriesea ‘ospinae
gruberi’ x ‘Golden Legend’. Also on the
table were Vriesea ‘Dark Knight’ and
Aechmea orlandiana x mexicana.
Tillandsia: First was Lynette Nash
with Tillandsia ‘Cupcake’ and second
equal was Lester Ching with a flowering
Tillandsia recurvifolia subsecundifolia
and John Mitchell with a flowering
tectorum. Also on the table were
Tillandsia deppeana, Tillandsia kautskyi,
Tillandsia imperialis, Tillandsia
‘Wildfire’, Tillandsia confertiflora,
Tillandsia atroviridipetala v
longepedunculata, Tillandsia straminea.
Neoregelia Foliage: First was Peter
Coyle with Neoregelia ‘Apricot Nectar’
x ‘Jewellery Shop’, second equal Judy
Graham with Neoregelia ‘Lime and Lava’
and Graham Barclay with Neoregelia
‘Spines’ x ‘Skotak’s Tiger’. Also on the
table were Neoregelia correia-araujoi x
‘Barbarian’. Neoregelia ‘Pink Sherbert’.
Monthly Choice: Vriesea fosteriana
and cultivars. First was Judy Graham
with Vriesea fosteriana (rubra) ‘Gold
Selection’, and second was John Mitchell
with Vriesea ‘Vista F2’.
Plant of the Month was Judy Graham
with Vriesea fosteriana (rubra) ‘Gold
Congratulations to all the winners.
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday November
24th at 7.30pm. Monthly Choice is
Christmas Decorations. Please remember
to bring a plate for our Christmas supper.
26th – Graeme Barclay will talk on
Aechmea nudicaulis and Dave Anderson
will also speak about what judges look
for when they judge bromeliads in
competition. Monthly Choice will be
Aechmea nudicaulis and cultivars, so
let’s see lots of plants on the table.


Yes it’s true!
Andrew and Rhonda are downsizing.

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December, Friday 4 – Sunday 6, 10am – 3pm.
January, Friday 15 – Sunday 17, 10am – 3pm.

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Bromeliad Society of New Zealand Inc
Bromeliad Journal – November 2015 issue

Bromeliad Society October meeting news – Bev Ching 2
President’s Page – Graeme Barclay 6
‘Broms in the Park’ 2015 photos and notes 7
Society officers, subs and Journal directory 9
Society October garden visits – Graeme Barclay 10
Bromeliad holiday puzzle – Graeme Barclay 12
Learning about the genera – Neoregelia (part three) – Peter Waters 15
Group News 19
Holiday puzzle ‘Cheat’s Checklist’ 23
‘Special Species Spotlight’ – Graeme Barclay 24
The opinions expressed in articles or letters in this Journal are the contributors’ own views and
do not necessarily express the views or the policy of the Bromeliad Society of New Zealand.
Please see the Group News section starting on page 19 for details of group meeting
times and venues.
22nd Northland Group Christmas
22nd Hawkes Bay Group meeting
24th Society monthly meeting at
Greyfriar’s Hall, corner of Mt. Eden
and Windmill roads, starting at 7.30pm.
The Monthly Choice competition:
Bromeliads in Christmas decorations.
We will have our annual plant auction
and our Christmas supper. Please bring
a plate.
9th Bay of Plenty Group meeting
13th Tillandsia Group meeting
24th Northland Group meeting
26th Society monthly meeting at
Greyfriar’s Hall, corner of Mt. Eden and
Windmill roads, starting at 7.30pm. The
Monthly Choice competition: Aechmea
nudicaulis and cultivars. Graeme
Barclay will talk on Aechmea nudicaulis
and Dave Anderson will also speak
about what judges look for when they
judge bromeliads in competition.
FRONT COVER: Andrew Devonshire took this attractive photo of a tillandsia
hybrid in flower at Totara Waters during ‘Broms in the Park’. We can’t identify
exactly what it is but think it is possibly a hybrid of T. aeranthos with T. bergeri.

Festive greetings everyone…
Well another year has flown by. The
warm weather and longer days feel
like they’re finally arriving, so it’s
time to get stuck into the garden
and pots, if you haven’t already.
We had a wonderful day at Totara
Waters on Sunday 8th November with
great weather and the usual bunches of
friendly folks turning up for our ‘Broms
in the Park’. A huge thanks once again
to Peter and Jocelyn Coyle for all their
hard work to make the day enjoyable for
everyone. (See page 7 for further notes
and photos about ‘Broms in the Park’)
I was looking through our membership
list recently and noticed how many
current members actually reside in
the greater Auckland region. We
have around 140 different addresses,
which is nearly one third of our total
membership. So why are we struggling
to get 50 people (probably only 30-40
odd addresses due to couples attending)
to a meeting? That leaves around 100
members that are unfortunately not
participating each month. It would be
great to see some more new faces come
along to support your Society, even if
it’s just a few meetings each year. For
those who haven’t been, it’s only $2.00
each for supper and a chance to win
bromeliad door prizes. We have raffles,
fantastic competition plants on display,
sales of pots, fertiliser and plants, plus
some great speakers each night on all
things bromeliad. And yes, you are
welcome to bring your partner or a nonmember
friend along too if you like.
Let me throw out a ‘festive challenge’
to all who get our Journal – come along
to our last Christmas Supper meeting
of the year on November 24th , bring a
small plate of finger food to share, and
enjoy the friendly faces and the ‘Rare
Plant Live Auction’. See you there!
Speaking of the auction, it’s still not
too late to enter a special plant or two.
Remember you will get 80% of the
prices attained. Please give Peter Waters
a call on 09-534 5616 by Monday
night 23rd, if you have a plant to enter.
Finally, on behalf of all the BSNZ
committee, I wish you all a safe
and happy holiday season – and a
prosperous 2016. Let’s hope it’s not
too hot and dry, so take care in the sun
and enjoy the start of summer with
your families, friends, gardens and
Christmas cheers,
Graeme Barclay

in the
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‘Broms in the Park’ 2015
– another wonderful day
– Notes by Graeme Barclay
The weather could not have been better for ‘Broms in the Park’ at Totara
Waters on Sunday 8th November. Despite the frost this past winter, you
would hardly know as the gardens look absolutely splendid once again,
no doubt due to Jocelyn’s hard work and Peter’s top supervisory skills. As well
as some lively brom sales, there was a great Rare Plant Auction around midday,
offering a number of recently imported plants that were eagerly snapped up.
We followed this with a sumptuous lunch – including a huge champagne ham
on the bone – Christmas came early for us all! It was a wonderful day of mixing
and mingling with fellow brom enthusiasts and simply enjoying the surrounds.
On behalf of those who attended, a big thanks to the Coyles for their hospitality
once again.
More photos on P8
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Neoregelia ‘skotak Tiger’ x ‘rainbow’. PhoTo: AndreW devonshirePhoTo: John MiTCheLL
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Patron: Patricia Sweeney
President: Graeme Barclay 09-817 4153
Vice Presidents: Jocelyn Coyle 09-416 8272
Don Brown 09-361 6175
Secretary: Bev Ching 09-576 4595
Treasurer: Peter Waters 09-534 5616
Life Members: Dave Anderson, Patricia Perratt,
Patricia Sweeney, Peter Waters

Scientific Officer: Peter Waters 09-534 5616
Librarian: Noelene Ritson 09-625 8114
Committee: Dave Anderson 09-638 8671
Lester Ching 09-576 4595
Alan Cliffe 09-479 1451
David Cowie 09-630 8220
Chris Paterson 09-625 6707
Diane Timmins 09-415 9066
Editor: Murray Mathieson 09-418 0366

New Zealand
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discount if paid before the end of February).
Dual membership (same household) NZ $45.00
($5.00 discount also applies as above).
NZD $45.00. Send all payments to the Treasurer,
Peter Waters, 22 Half Moon Rise, Half Moon
Bay, Auckland 2012.
All general correspondence should be sent to the
Secretary, Bromeliad Society of New Zealand,
P.O. Box 108-168, Symonds Street, Auckland,
New Zealand. The opinions expressed in letters
or articles in the Journal are the contributors’
own views and do not necessarily express the
views or policy of the Bromeliad Society of
New Zealand Inc.
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Society October garden visits –
Whangaparaoa and Coatesville

– Notes and photos by Graeme Barclay
The BSNZ committee recently arranged four gardens for members to
visit on Sunday October 10th. The weather was somewhat cloudy, but
pleasant and the rain did not dare decide to spoil our day out. Members
could visit the gardens in any order, any time between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
Alan and Mel Cliffe | David and Betty Goss – Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa
Their properties are only 200 metres or so apart, with gorgeous views overlooking
the sea towards Red Beach and Orewa. The Cliffe’s have a large hillside garden that
is a ‘work-in-progress’ having only been there a year or so. They are transforming a
largely overgrown garden into a tropical paradise with bromeliads, palms and many
other interesting trees and plants. It sure will be impressive when fully completed.
Over the road the Goss’ have been residents for over 20 years. They have utilised
every available space to install numerous gardens, clever shade houses for their
broms and also a ‘grotto’, where David is dabbling in hybridising and seed growing
– wonderful to see. Betty has claimed the upper deck area as her ‘succulent
sanctuary’ where she has many pot grown varieties of echeverias, aeoniums and
haworthias amongst others – a stunning collection including many rare forms.
Diane Timmins – Coatesville
Then it was off up the old Albany highway to Coatesville. Di inherited her mother
Hazel’s large bromeliad collection quite a few years ago and has since added many
newer hybrids and foliage vrieseas into her shade house complex. Di grows many
of the older ‘tried and tested’, hardy garden plants that show great colour and form
and she now regularly supplies local landscapers with their bromeliad needs.
Craig and Tracy Thorne – Coatesville
Further down the road towards Riverhead, Craig and Tracy have transformed
a basic sharemilker’s house on a farmlet into a wonderful property of majestic
gardens, palms, native trees and outdoor living areas. Swathes of scrub and long
grass have been reclaimed into stunning lawn areas and there are now beautiful
walking tracks dotted with bromeliads winding through mature stands of
kahikatea. Members had their lunch on the deck with drinks provided by Tracy
and it was a lovely setting enjoying the trees and broms.

Craig and Tracy ThorneDiane TimminsDavid and Betty GossAlan and Mel Cliffe

Neoregelia ‘rainbow Carcharodon’. Vriesea ‘nova Pink Beauty’.

Brom shade hut. super succulents.

Alcantarea imperialis (green form).
Aztec Bromeliads nursery.
Vriesea ‘dark Knight’ in full sun.
A huge thank you again to
the folks above for opening
your properties to others. All
of the gardens were looking
fantastic and were unique in
their own special way – and
it was a great opportunity to
spend a relaxing Sunday!

Holiday “Bromeliad Puzzle”
– Graeme Barclay
Here’s something to have some fun with and mull over in the festive season.
All you have to do is look at each photo and write the FIRST LETTER of either the
plant’s GENUS, or NAME, in the corresponding numbered letter space below. Each
photo has a number and a letter – if you see a ‘G’, you must work out the bromeliad
‘Genus’ name ONLY, if you see an ‘N’, you must work out EITHER the species or
registered cultivar name ONLY.
The first letters of all the 28 plants help create five mystery words below.
For example, if you look at the photo of plant numbered ‘2’, you will see it also
has a ‘G’ on it. Therefore, the plant ‘Genus’ is ‘Edmundoa’, so write ‘E’ in the
number 2 space below… you can see it’s already done for you, now only 27 to go!
If you’d like more of a challenge, try to do the puzzle first without referring to the
‘Cheat’s Checklist’ that is printed in this Journal on page 23. If you get stumped, look
at the checklist to see if a name jogs your memory. Each name is only used ONCE in
the puzzle. You should get to work out the five words fairly easily before identifying
all the plants, then you’ll have lots of clues as to what letter each remaining plant
name starts with. All plants listed are in New Zealand. You might need to use the
BCR or FCBS websites online to check a name or two out – have fun and enjoy!
____ ____ E ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
12 3456 7
8 9 1011 1213141516
1718192021 222324
25 26 2728
1 2 3
4 5 6
8 9 10
14 15 16
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Cont’d from P13 – Holiday “Bromeliad Puzzle”
17 18 19
21 22
24 2523
27 28
Learning about the genera : Neoregelia(part three)
– Article and photos by Peter Waters
In this third article Peter is covering the largest species from subgenus
Neoregelia and also the most common species from subgenera Hylaeiacum
and Longipetalopsis.
The largest species from subgenus
Neoregelia include the following:
• spectabilis with its bright red
fingertips and silver barring under the
leaves was one of the first bromeliads
in New Zealand but is not seen so much
these days.
• johannis was very poorly known
until a few years ago. Somewhat
strange as it is very common south of
Rio in Brazil. Wide leaves with red ends
can be spectacular in good light. ‘Red
Macaw’ is a good cultivar. For many
years confused with cruenta in New
• cruenta is more upright than johannis
with narrower and stiffer leaves. There
are quite a few different clones, some
quite red. Very hardy.
• marmorata is a medium to large
plant with spotted and marbled leaves.
The true species is in New Zealand but
because of much hybridising many here
are wrongly named.
• correia-araujoi comes from one river
valley in Brazil not far from where
johannis exists. It has been thought that
it may be a hybrid as it is quite variable,
but the jury is still out on this. Large
and heavily spotted, it has been used for
some showy hybrids.
• cathcartii is an anomaly as it is said
to have come from Venezuela. Botanists
find this hard to believe as it is similar to
neoregelias from southern Brazil.
• concentrica is well-known and
because it has been the subject of
much hybridisation it is hard to find an
original species. Having seen it in the
wild I can report that we do have them
here. They are quite large and have the
blue colouration when flowering.
• melanodonta is a medium sized
wide leaved plant with black teeth and
white banded beneath the leaves but
are probably not in cultivation. The
plants here with this name are probably
• coriacea is a name that is familiar to
us but all plants seem to be concentrica.
Neoregelia coriacea has nearly
spineless leaves, but plants here are all
• pascoaliana is somehow reminiscent
of a large zonata. Formerly believed to
be carcharodon but now well recognised
in New Zealand.
• carcharodon only fairly recently
recognised and at the moment is a
member of a rather confusing group
of large spiny plants. Exactly where
cultivars ‘Rainbow’, ‘Silver’ and
‘Skotak’s Tiger’ fit into the picture is
a question that will probably remain
unanswered until Elton Leme publishes
his findings on his present study
into Neoregelia. Some new species
that appear very similar are in the
Longipetalopsis subgenus.
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Cont’d from P15 – Learning about the genera
The subgenus Longipetalopsis was
formed in 1998 by Elton Leme and as
the name suggests covered a group of
neoregelias that have very long petals,
from 4 to 11cms in fact.
• leucophoea is a great specimen for
tree culture. Short stolons and lovely
dark-purple banding make this a much
sought after plant.
• rubrovittata is also very attractive
with yellow foliage and blood-red
• gigas is a newly described species
from Espirito Santo, large, spiny and
related to Neoregelia pernambucana
from much further north. N. gigas has
been in New Zealand for some time as
Neoregelia carcharodon (rubra).
• silvomontana is another very large
plant related to gigas and distinguished
by its bright red leaftips.
• azevedoi is a small plant with the
colouration of rubrovittata.
• mucugensis like many of this
subgenus comes from Bahia which
is well north of Rio and needs some
warmth to thrive. It has longish stolons
and is an interesting plant although not
particularly attractive.
• bahiana is a very variable species,
with somewhat thicker more succulent
leaves. Often grey with a pinkish
tinge, but also in green, but always
with pink tips. This species has several
other species merged with it. These are
hatschbachii, pabstiana, diamantinensis
and intermedia. There was a Neoregelia
hatschbachii sold in New Zealand
many years ago, but in this case it was
misnamed and was in fact Neoregelia
• paulistana from further south in
Brazil is an interesting small to medium
species with short stolons and prominent
cataphylls (small rigid, triangular leaves
on the stolons).
The subgenus Hylaeiacum is the black
sheep of the family and will almost
certainly become a separate genus
soon. Their habitat is the Amazonian
region of Venezuela, Colombia,
Ecuador and Peru. The species you may
come across are:
• eleutheropetala has a larger range
than some of the others and can be
more variable. A medium sized plant
with reddish-brown leaves, spiny and
difficult to handle.
• tarapotoensis is a small, bulbous
species with medium stolons. Difficult
to cultivate but interesting shape.
• myrmecophila is a small species with
a narrow tube and medium stolons. The
name comes from myrmecophily which
means ant-loving. The dense clumps
form a shelter for ant colonies.
• wurdackii is also of the same shape
but has dark purple-brown colouration
and quite pointed leaves.
• pendula is the ultimate stoloniferous
type with cascading small rosettes with
centres that turn a brilliant red when
flowering. Unfortunately difficult to
keep alive without some heat in winter.
• rosea is a larger version of pendula
and a more subdued pinkish centre
• mooreana is similar and like the
others has very spiny stiff leaves.
Usually green leaves although a reddish
clone has been discovered.
These species all come from the humid
rainforest and are therefore requiring
much more warmth to survive in our
climate, and are really for hothouse
culture only. They are all epiphytic and
stoloniferous to some extent.

A photo selection – from Peter Waters…
Neoregelia johannis

Neoregelia marmorata
Neoregelia carcharodon

Neoregelia rubrovittata
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Neoregelia leucophoea
More photos on P18 17

More Neoregelia photos…
Neoregelia silvomontana Neoregelia azevedoi

Neoregelia pendula
Neoregelia tarapotoensis

Neoregelia rosea

Group News
Tillandsia Group Auckland
– Nancy Murphy
We appreciated being able to combine
our group meeting day with the BSNZ
garden visit to Diane Timmins. Diane
has shade and plastic houses on the
right hand side of her long driveway
and the temptation to sticky beak prior
to parking could be quite hazardous.
This collection is extensive as she
has many of her late mother’s plants.
(Mrs Hazel Jack) Further exploration
discovered the left hand shade house
tucked away down the slope, another
source of abundance.
The ‘Show and Tell’ session was held
on the deck in the front of the house,
with a wonderful view right down
the valley. Tillandsias beginning
with the letter ‘B’ was the subject
and obviously our collections favour
Tillandsia bulbosa and Tillandsia
butzii and hybrids. A plant of Tillandsia
brachycaulos x streptophylla was
named as ‘Eric Knobloch’ but this
has not been confirmed and we await
further information.
Next Meeting: December 13th,
Christmas meeting at Larry and Nancy
Murphy’s garden 104 McGowan Rd
R.D.3 Waiuku, at 1.30. pm. Please bring
a small plate to share for afternoon tea.
Plant sales will be available and the
owner will be responsible for their
monies. Visitors welcome, parking
on the roadside. Discussion – plants
beginning with ‘C’.
Eastern Bay of Plenty Bromeliad and
Orchid Group – Alison Iremonger
Waiotahi Beach was the starting point
for our October meeting where we
had a morning collecting driftwood.
From the beach we went on to have
a picnic lunch in the Cass garden.
Marie showed us around her lovely
garden with the beach in the distance.
It was a spectacular vista on a lovely
sunny afternoon. The business side
of the meeting was held at Allan and
Barbara Roger’s garden. Ross thanked
our hosts for letting us look around
their gardens. The passing of Jo Keir
was observed, and we also arranged to
send a card to Maureen, who had been
admitted to hospital. We hope she has
a speedy recovery.
Our Christmas meeting in November
was discussed, and it was decided to
have a luncheon at Ohope. A ‘mystery
bag brom’ will be the Christmas gift
theme for members. A donation will
be given to the SPCA. The bus trip to
Tauranga for our September meeting
was an enjoyable outing. A stall, to
sell some of the bromeliads we have
collected, will be held at the Ohope
Craft market at Labour Weekend. Judy
gave us an interesting and entertaining
talk on her walking holiday in Europe.
She did the Camino Walk, from France
to San Diego lasting 32 days! Barbara
asked if anybody would like to join a
group she belongs to, as they go on a
garden visit to Gisborne in November.
She reminded the members that her
garden is always open to visits as long
as she has prior notice. Raffles and the
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sales table followed and then afternoon
tea was served.
Our monthly competition was a
bromeliad arrangement on a piece of
driftwood. 1st Alison Iremonger, 2nd
Ross Fergusson and 3rd Gail Anderson.
Visitors are always welcome to our
meetings. Contacts: Ross Fergusson
07-3125487, Sue Laurent 07-3071323,
Maureen Moffat 07-3222276 .
Bay of Plenty Bromeliad Group
– Lynley Breeze
Lynley thanked Leo Mangos for the
many years he has run the library,
bringing boxes of heavy books along
to the meetings. She welcomed
Danny Begely to the librarian role and
reminded members of the good books
available for loan.
The club is selling fertiliser, formulated
for orchids but also very suitable for
bromeliads, and we thank David Munro
for donating this. Kevin Pritchard
and Jo Elder spoke about small and
midi bromeliads. Kevin brought
along an extensive range which were
beautifully presented in short broad
shaped pots (purchased from Bill
Liddie from Napier). It is notable that
all of them were stoliniferous plants.
Kevin has found that good light levels
and warm temperatures lead to good
colours but he ensures that they get
very little fertiliser and pots them up in
1/3 fine sand, 1/3 potting mix, 1/3 fine
bark. They branch out from the centre
on the stolons, but he trims them off
leaving only about an inch and then
places them in the centre of the pots
to form a lovely balanced setting.
Markings included speckles, spots and
stripes. Kevin noted that to be regarded
as miniatures they need to be 5 inches
or less.
There followed a discussion on
fertilising bromeliads with the
recommendation that this is the time
of year to fertilise particularly large
vrieseas and there was debate about
the favourite fertilisers. Roger Allen
noted that nutrient levels are low in
sheep pellets but they do seem to
support microbial activity in the soil.
Kevin noted that fertilisers can cause
neoregelias to lose colour and become
‘Show and Tell’: Jo Elder had brought
along some midi-sized neoregelias,
‘Small World’, ‘Rise and Shine’ and
‘Blushing Tiger’. Kevin Pritchard
had on display Vriesea ‘Splenriet’ and
Vriesea ‘Gold Medal’.
Plant of the Month – Small and Midi
sized bromeliads: 1st Dean Morman
with Neoregelia ‘Sweet Nellie’,
2nd Kevin Pritchard with Neoregelia
‘Mo Peppa Please’ and 3rd Kevin
Pritchard with Neoregelia ‘Pheasant’.
There were many more presented by
other members.
Open Competition: 1st Dean Morman
with Vriesea ‘Rafael’, 2nd Kevin
Pritchard with Neoregelia ‘Dr. Oeser’
(variegated) and 3rd Colin Sutherland
with ‘Neoregelia ‘Jewellery Shop’.
Also tabled were Vriesea ‘Tasman
2000’, ‘Little Chief’’, ‘Poelmanii-
Erecta, ‘Corralina’. Hohenbergia
correia-araujoi, Neoregelia ‘Hot

Tillandsia: 1st Kevin Pritchard with
Tillandsia lindenii, 2nd Dean Morman
with Tillandsia multicaulis and 3rd
Audrey Hewson with Tillandsia
aeranthos. Also tabled were Tillandsia
tenuifolia (blue), scaposa, and
recurvifolia var subsecundifolia.
Novice Section: 1st Lisa Sutherland
with Neoregelia ‘Annick’, 2nd Neila
Fairweather with Neoregelia ‘Party
Girl’ and 3rd Lisa Sutherland with
Neoregelia ‘Fireball’.
Next Meeting: Wednesday 9th
December from 11.00 am. Christmas
Pot luck lunch at Barbara Parnwell’s
home, 39A Rowe Rd, Ohauiti. Please
bring a plant for the continuous raffle
and finger food to share. There will be
no garden visit before the luncheon.
Northland Bromeliad Group
– Nancy Peters
Notes from our bus trip to Kaitaia on
25th October…
Sunday dawned clear and sunny and 32
members met at Kensington Stadium
and our journey north began promptly
at 8.30am. At least one of us who
experienced the Mangamuka Gorge
and the twisty road for the first time,
succumbed to the curves even though
our driver Craig went very slowly and
carefully. All discomfort was forgotten
when we arrived at the one acre garden
of Lorraine Worthy and Jack Burke,
Oxford Street, Kaitaia. Lorraine had
thrown out a lot of her neoregelia plants
because of severe frost damage, but the
garden was still truly magnificient. At
the back they have native tree cover,
under which was another beautiful
display of bromeliads, vireyas and
clivias. An hour later many of us got
back on the bus having purchased
various succulents, perennials and
Our next stop was Jacqui O’Connell
and Kevin Butler‘s ‘Aloe Aloe
Gardens’ which is also a bed and
breakfast destination. Over the last
8 years they have developed 5 acres
of grass paddocks and clay pan into
a magnificent surrounding for their
house. A spring fed brook meanders
down a gully from the top of a hill, over
waterfalls, under their road, through an
artificial dam, under a couple of small
bridges and into a large pond where
some fat and tame Muscovy ducks
and about a dozen brown ducks have
made their home. The whole property
has been landscaped with the most
amazing collection of rocks (some
extremely large) which Kevin had
sourced and had transported to the site.
What a mammoth undertaking! Kevin
said that wherever he puts a spade in
the ground to dig a pathway or step
he could guarantee he would strike a
buried kauri stump.
With the number of tracks and gullies
to explore it was easy to disappear
into ‘bromeliad heaven’. Jackie and
Kevin have four shade houses from
which Jacqui propagates and sells
bromeliads. There are over 100 large
alcantareas on the property, some of
which are coming into flower.
Kevin is a keen fisherman and diver and
Jacqui confessed to me she had almost
got hypothermia gathering tuatuas for
our lunch. We dined on the bounty and
enjoyed the patties and fish fillets as
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well as all the other scrumptious food.
After lunch we had the opportunity to
take advantage of the plants Jacqui had
for sale (just as well the bus had large
storage underneath!) and explore some
more of the gardens. Jacqui also had
for auction, a pup from her Billbergia
‘Domingos Martins’ which she had
originally imported from Australia.
The auction was run by a very capable
president who obviously has another
talent to add to her cv.
We left for home at 2.30pm arriving
back in Whangarei at 4.50pm.
Everyone agreed that it was a very
enjoyable day out.
Next Meetings: Our Christmas
luncheon will be at the Whangarei
Quarry Garden Visitor Centre on
Sunday 22nd November 2015 at 12
noon. Our January meeting will be in
the garden of Helen Cuff, 14 Cypress
Gardens, Onerahi on Sunday 24th
January at 1.30pm.
South Auckland Bromeliad Group
– Diana McPherson
We had a beautiful sunny spring
day at the beginning of November
to start our seasonal programme
visiting members and other gardens of
interest. First up it was Pat Lawson’s
magical garden on the banks of the
Tamaki estuary. Pat has a compact
garden crammed full of interesting
bromeliads of many different varieties.
She is very knowledgeable and has
some special plants in her garden. We
held the business part of our meeting
there with ‘skite’ plants brought by
members which included tillandsias,
an alcantarea grown from a grass pup
and a xNidularia ‘Chantrieri’, raffles
and a good selection of bromeliads for
Our second garden was Madeline
Yoland’s, across the estuary from Pat.
Madeline has an established garden
full of bromeliads and orchids. She
specialises in growing them on trees,
fences and other interesting surfaces.
She has combined her extensive orchid
collection with the bromeliads and
I’m sure many members left inspired,
planning to add a few orchids here and
there! I know I did. Madeline also has
a very productive fruit and vegetable
Next Meetings: Our Christmas
meeting will be held at Robert and
Margaret Flanagan’s home in Drury.
Could all members bring a chair,
a plate for shared lunch, your own
cutlery, plate for eating off and a
cup. The club will provide barbecued
sausages. We will have an auction of
bromeliads so could all members bring
one plant each for this, plus we will
have unusual plant sales. There will
also be a prize for the best decorated
hat, so come with your best Christmas
Our February meeting will be at
Nancy Murphy’s and in March we
will visit Totara Waters, Peter and
Jocelyn Coyle’s outstanding property
in Whenuapai.
Also mark your diaries for 20th March.
This is the date for our combined sales
day held in conjunction with the Palm

and Cycad Society at the Auckland
Regional Botanic Gardens. The cost
for a sales table is only $10 so start
your preparations early. Contact:
Diana McPherson – dianamcp@xtra. – 09-4806847, 021-2418975.

nancy Murphy was a recent
entertaining speaker and demonstratoron floral art at the south Auckland
Bromeliad Group. PhoTo BY JoYCe Fox
‘Joca Lemon Pepper’
Available from:
open on
appointment only
please contact us
on 027-8567404
Johns nursery
889 Parallel rd
Bromeliad Puzzle ‘Cheats Checklist’
Aechmea Encholirium Neoregelia Skotak’s Tiger
Alcantarea Ensign Nidularium Tillandsia
Fascicularia Golden Pheasant Pitcairnia Tunisia
Edmundoa Guzmania Portea Vriesea
Ed Prince Hohenbergia Reverse Ensign Wittrockia
Eden Glade imperialis Roberto Menescal Yellow Wave
Empress ionantha Samurai Yin

Early summer is a great time to look at a special clone of Aechmea
nudicaulis that will be blooming around this time.
Aechmea ‘Parati’
Many of us grow the lovely
silver banded species,
Aechmea nudicaulis var.
aequalis. This plant comes from Rio de
Janeiro state of Brazil, where it grows
in bare sand near beaches and on rocks.
Around the late 1990s, a different
looking clone was selected by Dennis
Cathcart in Florida and introduced
Aechmea ‘Parati’ inflorescence.
PhoTo John MiTCheLL
Aechmea ‘Parati’.
PhoTo John MiTCheLL
into cultivation. It came from near
the coastal town of Parati (‘pa-rarchee’)
in the very south between Rio
de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and was
named and registered after its habitat.
Aechmea ‘Parati’ has very fine,
defined, but densely arranged silver
cross bands, particularly on the
undersides of the rusty-red leaves.
The inflorescence has a reddish scape,
orange-red scape bracts and yellow
flowers and therefore probably fits
closest to variety Aechmea nudicaulis
var. aequalis, where the scape bracts are
evenly spaced along the scape (flower
stalk), rather than bunched together.
The unique feature is its size. Given
optimum growing conditions, it grows
slightly larger and bulkier with wider
leaves and more prominent spines
than the other silver banded clones we
commonly grow, making it a highly
desirable and outstanding pot or
epiphytic specimen.
This cultivar is still relatively rare in
New Zealand, compared to the normal
Aechmea nudicaulis var. aequalis.
Like most others in this species group,
it propagates pups on thick, heavy
stolons that will readily attach to hosts.
Ideally it should be grown in full sun
or very high light, with minimal, if any,

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