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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 9, 2019 11:12 AM CST
Does anyone know what the name of this "giant" bromeliad is? She was gifted me by a friend here on NGA. This plant has leaves that are at least 4' long and she's about 4'x4' with a 2.5' flower stalk. The buds are just opening but the flowers appear to be orangey-yellow. The leaves are edged in spines.

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plantladylin
Jun 9, 2019 12:07 PM CST
My guess would be Aechmea (Aechmea blanchetiana)
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plantmanager
Jun 9, 2019 12:17 PM CST
That was my guess also. It's one I saw all over florida and it is huge!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Jun 9, 2019 12:27 PM CST
That could be it but from the photos I see, the color is all over the place.

I had a lady on FB say that she thought it was the Aechmea mulfordii 'Malva' and those photos and size descriptions fit what I see with mine.

Hopefully @SarasotaPatty will know what she gave me.
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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Jun 9, 2019 12:31 PM CST
My thought is Aechmea as well. I was thinking one in the mulfordii group going by the current look of the flower bract and the 4' leaf.


Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Jun 9, 2019 12:35 PM CST
Ken, Just saw your updated post as I had posted.
I thought of 'Malva' or 'Marcelino'
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Jun 9, 2019 12:41 PM CST
Thanks, Scott. The flowers of the 'Marcelino' may be different but the plants sure look the same. I see that the 'Marcelino' is perhaps a var. of the 'Malva', and can take more direct sun than the 'Malva'. I will know a little bit more as the flowers mature.
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Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Jun 10, 2019 6:53 PM CST
Sorry Ken, no clue! Never saved tags for anything other than orchids in my yard, and half of those are long gone. The other brom is very similar, but the bloom is more orange...good luck ID'ing it.
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