|AECHMEA ‘Flavi-vittata’||? / Butcher Derek*||circa ?|
Originally described as Aechmea fasciata var. flavi-vittata Reitz, Sellowia 33:55. 1981. Leaves with longitudinal lines alternately green and yellow. Type Brasil, Santa Catarina: Brusque, cultivated in the State of Rio de Janeiro, leg J Pehnk s. n. (15.2. 1981), Holotype HBR but now treated as a cultivar. In ‘Bromeliaceas’ by Reitz 393-397. 1983 “The variety, so far, is only known by the type, from the interior of the forests of the State of Rio de Janeiro; collected in State of cultivation, in Brusque, Santa Catarina, by R. Reitz.” This indicates it is rare in the wild but actively cultivated in Brazil and it seems strange that a plant with this name has been rarely quoted outside Brazil. According to REFLORA no further herbarium specimens have been lodged. In any event, variegated plants do not reproduce from seed and should be treated as cultivars. Most variegations in cultivation have white stripes, not yellow and we find reference to this in Seidel’s Catalogue in 1976. See also Ae. ‘Albovittata’. Fasciata Group. Reg. Doc. 7/2017 by D Butcher.
Country of origin: Brazil