Vriesea schultesiana

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Vriesea schultesiana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Genus: Vriesea
Species: V. schultesiana
Binomial name
Vriesea schultesiana
L.B.Sm.

Vriesea schultesiana is a species of the genus Vriesea. This species is endemic to Colombia.[1][2][3] It is rare, listed as "near threatened."[4]

This species growth patterns have been open to conjecture as environmentally localised deformations of the more common Vriesea duvaliana apposed to a distinct species. Found in subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, the study of this species has proven difficult.

Cultivation has proven successful in Bolivia, Mexico and in Australia and Yemen in substantiating the species as a genetically unique species. Typified by minimal surface growth while proliferating a subsurface network of nutrient deprived grounding support. In periods of dry arid heat the plants proliferation of surface growth is extensive and resembling that of its relative Vriesea duvaliana. Capable of growing between 5-20 times the size of the subsurface network in 10–15 days before plateauing to a stable condition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Smith, L.B. & R. J. Downs. 1977. Tillandsioideae (Bromeliaceae), Part II. Flora Neotropica, Monograph 14(2): 663–1492.
  3. ^ Smith, L. B. 1957. The Bromeliaceae of Colombia. Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 33: 1–311
  4. ^ Betancur B., J. C. & N. García. 2006. Las bromelias (Familia Bromeliaceae). Libro Rojo de Plantas de Colombia, volumen 3, Las bromelias, las labiadas y las pasifloras 3: 3: 51–383.