The Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society

Next regular meeting Sunday, July 9, 2006


July, 2006

Summer Rains Are Finally Here!

President Bradley Rauch386/767-8937

Vice President – Jay Thurrott – 386/761-4804

Secretary – Nina Leggett - 386/673-0550

Treasurer – Jim O’Shaughnessy - 386/253-0335


Finally, we’re seeing afternoon showers again and the response I’m seeing in the landscape is quite amazing. Some day I would like to hear a really good explanation of why you can water your yard every day (don’t try this at home or you may receive a visit from the water police) but all it takes is one good rainstorm and suddenly the entire yard looks much better.

This month’s meeting:

Last year Terrie Bert shared her secrets with us on how to successfully grow a large number of bromeliads in a small area. The program was a lot of fun and she brought a very interesting group of plants for sale after the program. This year she has graciously agreed to return and present a new program that she has developed on growing some of the more unusual bromeliad genera and, once again, Terrie will be bringing plants for sale, so I can guarantee that this meeting will be one that you won’t want to miss!

’06 Bromeliad World Conference


We were fortunate enough to be able to attend this year’s World Conference in San Diego in June. It was nice to see that the Florida bromeliad societies were so well represented even though the travelling distance made it too difficult for most of us to bring plants for entry in the show. The events during the Conference were well attended, the garden tours were outstanding and the rare plant auction brought in a nice donation for the Bromeliad Identification Center in Selby Gardens, Sarasota. Overall, a great event! Everyone who had an interest in bromeliads really should make the effort to attend one of these events. They are held every two years, so that gives you plenty of time to plan your vacation around them.

Have you ever wanted to visit Australia? Guess where the 2008 World Conference will be held!

Jay Thurrott was recently featured in an article in Volusia magazine concerning his bromeliad collection. Don’t believe everything you read though – there were some factual errors in the article. In particular, he didn’t begin his interest in bromeliads while in his teens – it was more like in the 1970’s – you do the math.

2006 Bromeliad Extravaganza

Presented by
Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies
Hosted by the
Bromeliad Society of South Florida

Saturday, September 30, 2006
Miccosukee Resort
Convention Center
500 S.W. 177 Avenue
Miami, FL 33194
305-925-2555 or 877-242-6464
305-221-8309 or 305-925-2556 (fax)

Room rates: single or double $95.00; suites $139.00
Rates in effect until August 29.

Sale, Banquet and Rare Plant Auction will be in the same location.

Receive a free copy of Elton Leme’s
Canistropsis: Bromeliads of the Atlantic Rain Forest!

Spend one night at the hotel and reserve two banquet tickets to be eligible.

All banquet attendees will receive a select bromeliad from both
Deroose Nursery and Deleon Nursery!

Mention the Bromeliad Society Convention and Exhibition when calling for reservations.

Banquet at 7:00 p.m. followed by Rare Plant Auction. Proceeds to FCBS.


Salad: Mesclum Mix with tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots, and Sweet Onions

Entrees: Baked Chicken Breast Stuffed with Pesto and Smoked Gouda with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Or Vegetarian Plate

Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake

Coffee, Iced and hot Tea

$30.00 per person. Banquet reservations must be received by September 20th

Reminder: Guests spending one night at the hotel and purchasing two dinners will receive a free copy of Bromeliads of the Atlantic Forest

For Dinner Reservations:

please make check or money order payable to BSSF and mail to: Moyna Prince, 11220 SW 107 Ct, Miami, FL. 33176. 305-251-5289;



City, State, Zip___________________________________________________________


Number of dinners________ Amount Enclosed $_______________

I/we will spend _______ night/nights at host hotel.

Good News Department
by Ed Prince

How many times have you said something that sounds like this? If I had only (fill-in-the-blank) when (fill-in-the-blank) was first available I would be a wealthy man/woman today. It’s not too late! Well, it might be too late to become wealthy but you certainly have time to make this year’s Extravaganza just about cost free. It’s really quite easy. Just select a dozen or so great looking bromeliads out of your vast collection and sell them at the Extravaganza. See "Rules of the Selling Game" elsewhere on the next page.

Registration date for securing your room at the Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center at the special rate of $95.00 has been extended to August 29. For reservations call 305-925-2555 or 877-242-6464 or fax your request to 305-221-8309 or 305-925-2556. Make sure you mention to the Reservation Representative that you are attending the Bromeliad Society Convention & Exhibition.

The complementary copies of Elton Leme’s Bromeliads of the Atlantic Rain Forest have arrived. We are indebted to Kerry’s Bromeliads for their generosity and commitment to the FCBS. Get yours by spending one night at the hotel and buying two banquet tickets.

The Deroose nursery is donating 200 flowering miniature bromeliads for those attending the banquet.

Think about it! Neo. (your name, your wife’s name, my name). Actually, any name you choose. Chester Skotak is donating a new hybrid to the rare plant auction that will be named by the high bidder. Said plant will be registered and henceforth will be called ???.

To entice those folks who enter the Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center to visit our sales area, DeLeon’s Bromeliad Nursery is putting in an elaborate display in the lobby area with appropriate signage. All events are under one (albeit a very large one) roof.

Seminars will be given by some of the best names in the South Florida bromeliad world: Harry Luther, Bruce McAlpine, Janet Brown, and Magali Groves, whose program will be in Spanish.

Selling plants will go a long way to offset your expenses. Peter Kouchalakos is heading up that committee – call or email him to get your number, and see the rules on the fcbs web page. Remember, admission to the sale is open to the public and completely free.

In case you need reminding, the Extravaganza is Saturday, September 30. We need volunteers for both the sales area during the day, and help with the rare plant auction in the evening. Please call or email to volunteer.

A rose is a rose – or maybe it’s an inflorescence? Nomenclature part 3…"

We’ve discussed some of the proper terms associated with the base, offsets and leaves of a bromeliad. This month we’ll cover some of the words that you may encounter in descriptions of a bromeliad’s bloom. We’ll start with the word inflorescence. This is the plant structure, usually referred to as a stem or stalk that supports the flowers and bracts. As a general rule, a bromeliad’s inflorescence rises from the center of the rosette of leaves that make up the plant. The group of "embryonic" cells in the center of the cup is referred to as the meristem. This meristem tissue is the source of new leaves as the bromeliad grows but becomes altered in some way when the plant reaches maturity and produces an inflorescence instead of leaves. This is the reason often offered for why most bromeliads only bloom once in their lives. Once the inflorescence is produced, there is no longer meristem tissue to form new leaves and the plant slowly dies. Of course many rules are made to be broken and there are some notable exceptions to this one. Take Tillandsia complanata for example. This soft-leaved Tillandsia produces multiple pendant spikes originating in the leaf axils and, by doing so, extends its own life-span – enabling it to bloom again in following years.

A bromeliad inflorescence may take a number of different forms. The form alone may be distinctive enough to aid in identification of the plant. This can be erect (upright), pendant (dangling), semipendant (leaning), or even reflexed (pendant and then recurving back toward the upright). A simple inflorescence would be a single, unbranched stalk – like Tillandsia bartramii, which is commonly seen in our area. Tillandsia utriculata, also seen around here is an example of a compound inflorescence – one that branches. A digitate inflorescence is one where the attached structures arise from one point and fan outward like fingers. If the inflorescence has closely attached structures on either side of the stalk, we say that the inflorescence is pinnate-resembling a feather. This type of bloom is often seen in members of the Vriesea Genus and, if you look at our club’s emblem – that is an example of a pinnate inflorescence.

In the next installment we’ll take a look at some of the flower structures in bromeliad blooms, so… stay tuned!

Below: Tillandsia bartramii – a simple inflorescence.

(photo courtesy of Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies web site).

Below:Vriesea pardalina – a pendant inflorescence

Below: Tillandsia utriculata – a compound inflorescence (photo by UF/Barbara Larson)