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Bromeliad Cultivar Register

VRIESEA (1881)

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Bromeliad Cultivar Register (8973)

VRIESEA ‘Platystachys’ Barry, D. or Gulz <1979

cv. of unknown parentage. Investigation in 2004 shows this was listed by Seidel in 1976 as Vriesea platystachys suggesting it is a species. Seidel advises that he got his plants from Guelz in Germany in the early 1970's which suggests of hybrid origin. Nobody seems to know its parentage or what it looks like. Baensch's Blooming Bromeliads 1994 page 232 refers to a 'Ruby' said to be a beautiful select breed (? Sport)but how do we know this if we do not know parentage or what 'Platystachys' looks like. Any information gladly received. Appears to have some link to the Poelmanii saga