Bromeliads forum→I am stumped on this one...help please!

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MissKristi
May 31, 2020 8:30 AM CST
My dad had it labeled New Orlens, which is most likely incorrect. I cannot figure this out!
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 31, 2020 11:27 AM CST
I bet the label was meant to read Neo. olens Bromeliad (Neoregelia olens) Green Grin!

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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 31, 2020 11:27 AM CST
By the way ... it's a beauty!!
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LarryCrutchley
May 31, 2020 10:37 PM CST
Nice looking plant and fish also. Smiling
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
Jun 1, 2020 6:11 AM CST
I don't think it is Neoregelia olens since the offsets of Olens grow on stolens (each plant is average 10-12 inches wide at maturity). MissKristi's Neo. looks like it might be larger also, always hard to tell in pictures the size Shrug! . It looks like it could be a hybrid of carcharodon, if it is a larger bromeliad.
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MissKristi
Jun 6, 2020 9:39 AM CST
PlantLadyLin, that is what I thought also. But it really is nothing like Olens. Thank you Larry, love me a wahoo! Sunkissed, EXACTLY! I was thinking some hybrid of carcharodon. I was also thinking it is the same size and shape of my Takemura Princeps, but the coloring is different.
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Here is another pic.

Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
Jun 6, 2020 2:04 PM CST
It's the finger nail tips and spines that make me think of carcharodon, lots of cultivars of carcharodon. With the spots looks a lot like my carcharodon "Red Spots'
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Here's my 'Takemura Grande' the colors change up a lot depending on season and lighting
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Another one I have that it looks like is N. olens x carcharodon 'Rainbow' (younger plant)
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MissKristi
Jun 9, 2020 12:15 PM CST
Sunkissed, It is definitely more like your third pic, Rainbow....but would love to see what your Rainbow looks like at maturity. Thanks so much for all the responses, you all are great. Thumbs up I am actually thinking it is Fantastic Gardens. This is the description on BSI.org "'Fantastic Gardens' (Mentelos*) <1973 cv. of carcharodon(?) X concentrica(?) - (See 'Takemura Grande' & 'Grande') - Large wide leafed rosette of many leaves in apple-green heavily spattered and dotted with reddish-purple - blunt leaf tips richly eggplant colored and rolled under w/spike and heavy spines - flowers white w/purple - this cultivar of 'Takemura Grande' is identified with the Fantastic Gardens Nursery. " That is the description of it to a tee. I am just not sure about the flower until I see one! Mine are all too young at this point.
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
Jun 12, 2020 6:28 AM CST
I had 'Fantastic Gardens' but gave it to a gardening friend that loves purple, so I remember it flushed a light purple when blooming in the middle. I'll have to hunt a pic of it.

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