Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Druid Revisited

It's amazing how a simple plant with simple flower spike can be so beautiful. I manage to capture it in full bloom before all the 3 flower spikes were spent.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A chandelier?

Just sharing my T. funckiana coming into bloom. It's amazing how a simple plant can grow to such wonderful shape. All frosty white with red flowers emerging out. Looks like light bulbs for a chandelier! Hmmmmm..................

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A fasciculata hybrid

When I initially got this plant., I never really expect it to have horizontal banding like an Aech. chantinii. Interestingly the banding become more prominant as the plant mature. Now, after many years of waiting, it finally came into bloom. The inflorescent is somewhat pulled down to the center suggesting certain characteristic like ionantha. But to my surprise, this plant do carry fully erect multispikes of a fasciculata.
A robust growing plant which appreciate good sunlight and plenty of space. Nice coral red inflorescence. I haven't seen the true flower yet to determine it's identity.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Groups in bloom

The foreground is T. roland-gosselinii accompanied by a group of blushing brachycaulos from behind. Deep green flanked with bright red.....Hmmm kinda reminding me Christmas is approaching.

Aechmea contracta

This is one interesting plant in the genus of Aechmea. The leaves are oblong with dark brown or sometimes black spots at it's leaves sheat. The inflorescensce is very pendant, usually longer than the plant itself. Have pink bract complemented with pale yellow flowers. It grow best in shady area as the leaves are soft and fleshy.