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Apr 17, 2019 9:54 PM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Found this gem at the garden store and had to add it to my collection. I believe it's a Vresia species, but the banding looks different than the common V Splendens. Any ideas from the forum, no identification with any of the bromeliads at the store and the sales clerk, a lovely person had no knowledge of bromeliads. Thanks.

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Apr 18, 2019 1:51 AM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Great find!
Rule out Vriesea as they have no spines and flower stalk is wrong.
I believe it is a Aechmea, possibily in the nadicaulis or chantinii group.
A close shot of the flower detail may help.
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Apr 18, 2019 11:29 AM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
An Aechmea? Wow, I never saw that coming! I'll send a photo of the bracts later tonight. Thanks for the input.
Apr 18, 2019 3:12 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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It looks like Aechmea to me and a lot like some in the chantini group, we have a few listed here in our database with photos for comparison:
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Apr 22, 2019 5:47 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Certainly is an Aechmea chantinii great find, the bloom is long lasting.
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