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Jun 5, 2020 4:30 AM CST
Frankfurt, Germany
This is a plant in a climatically very warm section of a botanical garden. Does anyone have suggestions regarding the family, genus or species?


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Jun 5, 2020 6:58 AM CST
Name: Stefan
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Genus is sanseveria
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Jun 5, 2020 9:09 AM CST
San Francisco Bay area (Zone 9a)
I would say a bromeliad - one of the putative Vriesea - probably now an Alcantarea.
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Jun 5, 2020 9:23 AM CST
Name: Stefan
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Iochroma said:I would say a bromeliad - one of the putative Vriesea - probably now an Alcantarea.


Bromeliads are glossy
Sanseverias are not. While the most common form is "leaves or green cones sticking upward", there are others resembling agaves and bromeliads...
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Jun 5, 2020 1:43 PM CST
Name: Thijs van Soest
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I do not know what it is, but Sansevieria leaves tend on average to be stiff and not that floppy and curly. Also those two plants you link to look pretty shiny to me, way shinier than the plant in the OP. The photo in the OP does not scream Sansevieria to me, also I come across plenty of bromeliad photos that are of plants that are not shiny leaved, that at least in terms of rosette and posture resemble the plant in the OP.
It is what it is!
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Jun 5, 2020 5:15 PM CST
San Francisco Bay area (Zone 9a)
skopjecollection said:

Bromeliads are glossy...

That statement is patently false and laughable. Have you heard of Tillandsias? Are you familiar with Vrieseas? Even pineapple leaves are not glossy.
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Jun 5, 2020 5:33 PM CST
San Francisco Bay area (Zone 9a)
Look at Vriesea ospinae, and gruberi; it might be a hybrid involving those.
There are some who would put those into Tillandsia.
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Jun 5, 2020 5:39 PM CST
central ohio (Zone 5b)
If you email the botanical garden, they likely recognize the very plant. Smiling
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Jun 5, 2020 9:47 PM CST
Name: Tofi
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I second the Goudaea ospinae (Syn Vriesea ospinae), an easy and quite prolific bromeliads, so quite common in tropical garden
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Jun 6, 2020 2:13 AM CST
Frankfurt, Germany
@PlantingOaks:
To ask the botanical garden was the first thing I did, but unfortunately I got no help. They said that they would help, and I sent them my photos , but after 7 months (!) and several unsuccessful requests I gave up.

@Iochroma and tofitropic:
After comparing many images, I also believe that the plant on my photo is one of the genus Vriesea ospinae.

Thank you!
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Jun 6, 2020 6:45 AM CST
central ohio (Zone 5b)
@tom65719 Boooo! I am very disappointed. What kind of botanical garden is that? Thumbs down I wonder if the gardeners know what their front desk staff is saying.
(or, I suppose, realistically, they're probably ridiculously understaffed)
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Jun 7, 2020 8:19 AM CST
Frankfurt, Germany
@PlantingOaks:
Yes, it's embarrassing and pathetic to provide such poor service. And it's one of the largest and most popular botanical gardens in Germany.
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