Plant Database forum: Vriesea Marbled Rainbow

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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
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plantmanager
Feb 6, 2018 1:06 PM CST
I'm trying to figure out where to put pics of this one. I don't see it in the Cat of Life, or in our database, but I must be missing it. I see one labeled Billbergia Marbled Rainbow, but I was sure this was a Vriesea.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 6, 2018 1:33 PM CST

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The Catalogue of Life doesn't list cultivars.

Could your Vriesea be a Neoregelia? The Vriesea genus is undergoing some name changes, with some species reclassified as species of Lutheria, Alcantarea, and other genera. The only similar name listed in the Bromeliad Cultivar Register is Neoregelia 'Marble Rainbow.' Bromeliad (Neoregelia 'Marble Rainbow') I don't know the source of our entry for Billbergia 'Marbled Rainbow,' but it's not listed in the BCR.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Feb 6, 2018 2:18 PM CST
Thanks, Zuzu. I checked out the Neoregelia 'Marble Rainbow' and that one definitely isn't what I have. It's very red, and mine is just green, white and silvery. The Billbergia 'Marbled Rainbow' is close, but not quite right. I appreciate your time and effort! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 6, 2018 8:18 PM CST

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Karen, do you have any documentation attesting to the name? A plant tag or something similar? Where did you get it? I can't find any sources for the plant on line. I'd like to create the entry for you, especially if you have photos and info to add.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Feb 6, 2018 8:19 PM CST
I bought it from a private party, with no tag. I'll contact them and see what they day. Thanks for your help!
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 6, 2018 8:34 PM CST

Plants Admin

Yes, please do. We have to make sure it's a real name, and not something the private party invented.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Feb 6, 2018 9:15 PM CST
Hi Zuzu, it's a Billbergia after all. I can't remember what made me think it was a Vriesea.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 6, 2018 9:33 PM CST

Plants Admin

Oh, well thanks for checking. Smiling

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