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Pitcairnia echinata

7th December 2013

Suddenly I have started to notice Pitcairnia so when I was offered a few species as seedlings I grabbed the chance. They are unlikely to be a great success here in the long term but the only way to find out is to try them.
Pitcairnia echinata comes from Venezuela, Columbia and possibly Mexico. The rosette grows two distinct types of leaves, the long green ones seem to be produced during the active growth phase with much smaller divided leaves produced as the plant becomes dormant at the start of the dry season.