13723 - Bromeliads (Wild) - 2018-03-16|
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Guzmania aff. squarrosa
Locality: Ecuador, Morona-Santiago Province - 4 km west of Highway 45 on road from Macas to Cuenca. Limon Antenna Road at 2284 meters.
Photographer: Jerry Raack
Note: This is one of several Guzmania found at this high elevation, wet, windy location. They are difficult to identify positively at this location because they all grow together (G. mosquerae, G. aff squarrosa, Guzmania garciaensis and an unknown Guzmania), plus some hybrids between them I believe). In any event this beautiful Guzmania has long red bracts, and I believe it has white flowers. These plants grow as terrestrials in deep sphagnum moss under very wet conditions and can develop fairly long stolons as the new offset emerges typically from just off-center of the old inflorescence. (Sent: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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