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Guzmania Blossom (Plan View)

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 18 July 2018 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Guzmania (tufted airplant) is a genus of over 120 species of flowering plants in the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Tillandsioideae. They are mainly stemless, evergreen, epiphytic perennials native to Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America, and northern and western South America. They are found at altitudes of up to 3,500 m (11,483 ft) in the Andean rainforests. The genus is named after Spanish pharmacist and naturalist, Anastasio Guzman. Several species of this genus are cultivated as indoor and outdoor garden plants. The best known is Guzmania lingulata (scarlet star) which bears orange and red bracts.

The plant dies after it has produced its flowers in summer, but new plants can easily be propagated from the offsets which appear as the parent plant dies. They are epiphytes and can do well if tied on to pieces of bark with roots bound into sphagnum moss. Guzmanias require warm temperatures and relatively high humidity.

Photo captured June 22, 2018.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/5.6 ISO 200 105 mm

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Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

Lovely in color and detail. Excellently photographed.

18 Jul 2018 5:27am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Great color. Thanks for the report.

18 Jul 2018 5:27am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Superbe prise de vue !!

18 Jul 2018 6:00am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Fabulous, Steven. Mother Nature sure knows how to strut her stuff, doesn't she!

18 Jul 2018 6:07am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle étoile rouge et vue que rendu des tons et iamge sueprbe compo

18 Jul 2018 6:32am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Graphisme et douceur réunis.
Bonne journée Steven

18 Jul 2018 6:58am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

well documented, both copy and picture. The flower centre looks oddly simple. What pollinates it? I wonder.
Just googled it and it appears to be insects and crabs. The crabs are a bit of a surprise :)

18 Jul 2018 9:38am

@grouser: I guess I need to move the plant out of the three seasons room and out to the yard. :-)

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


18 Jul 2018 9:49am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing and very beautiful color !

18 Jul 2018 9:51am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful and somewhat sexually attractive...

18 Jul 2018 9:59am

Maria-Lina from Brownsburg Chatham, Canada

Quelle magnifique douceur Steven, superbe! Bise, bon mercredi tout doux!

18 Jul 2018 11:40am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Just magnificent. Very interesting reading about this plant. 5*

18 Jul 2018 1:21pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Vibrant color an I love how you filled the frame with it.

18 Jul 2018 2:18pm

Don from Spokane, United States

An excellent capture of this blossom, especially the rich color. Fine detail too.

18 Jul 2018 3:13pm

Devi from Chennai, India

a gorgeous image and a very nice explanation here...Thank you Steven :)

18 Jul 2018 3:15pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful plant and, for me, an unusual one. Interesting information.

18 Jul 2018 4:34pm

Joëlle from France

Une couleur qui a ma faveur, superbe !

18 Jul 2018 5:35pm

willy from Belgium

de bien jolies couleurs et des informations intéressantes Steven


18 Jul 2018 6:27pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Vraiment superbe

18 Jul 2018 7:45pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

such vivid color in the leaves

18 Jul 2018 8:27pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

I used to grow Spanish moss in Malaysia too :)
All right, I am off to Portugal for my summer holiday.
See you next week.

18 Jul 2018 8:55pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is gorgeous! I love the rich color. Such a beautiful flower. I have never seen this before. Very informative narrative.

18 Jul 2018 9:36pm

Michael Rawluk from Canada

I love the colour.

18 Jul 2018 11:44pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Excellent image.

19 Jul 2018 2:59am

Martine from France

Très jolies couleurs.

19 Jul 2018 3:47am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Love your perspective - and the color is remarkable!!

19 Jul 2018 3:52am

Remus from Portugal

A beautiful floral star.
Composition very well achieved.

20 Jul 2018 3:18pm