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Drops of water into the cup shaped leaves, identity please .


 
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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject: Drops of water into the cup shaped leaves, identity please . Reply with quote

my sister received this beautiful pant as a present and we were wondering if anyone could tell us what the name is and maybe a few care instructions like repotting and if sun or shade suits best .
she was told just to put a few drops of water into the cup shapes the leaves make and leave it to be absorbed from there .....
thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is in the family Bromeliaceae. A Bromeliad.
See wiki .. pineapple is in the same family! If you scroll to the bottom there is a list if the many that are included in the family.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromeliaceae

It may be Guzmania. However, there are so many it is difficult to be sure from a pic.There are over 100 Guzmania species.

http://toptropicals.com/pics/garden/m1/Bromeliads/Guzmania8561.jpg

http://day3foliage.com/Documents/guzmania%20bromeliad.JPG

There is a lot of advice on www about the care it needs.When it flowers it will die, but hopefully you should have offsets( baby plants), called pups to carry on.

http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/bromeliad-scarlet-star.html

http://www.botanical-online.com/florguzmaniaangles.htm
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you very much silver surfer for your reply , it was very helpfull.
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