Here is a photo of the Catopsis berteroniana, just out of the bag, that I received from Wistuba yesterday. I potted it up into a solo mix of coarse perlite. The plant is still small, standing only about a couple of inches tall.
The title 'Lamparas de la selva' is the common South American name for these plants, meaning 'jungle lanterns', due to their glowing bright yellow color and epiphytic proclivity for growing on bare tree branches or telephone wires.
Whether these plants are truly carnivorous or not is still unclear, although they do readily attract and capture insects.
I have being trying to add this particular bromeliad to my collection for a couple of years now, so I'm happy to finally see it here. ;D
*Special thanks to Carnivoure12 for his help with some of the finer points in Spanish translation.
Labine, for now I have mine under a dome. I'm not sure of it's previous growing conditions, and also because it just came out of a bag, I'm just going to be cautious with it.
My B. reducta and B. tatei are both growing in regular room humidity, without being in a tank, so in time I'm going to adjust the Catopsis to room humidity also. It is better to have hardened plants in the long run anyway. Bromeliads tend to be quite hardy and do adjust to dryer humidity levels.
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5