Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Bromelia balansae: Heart of Flame

Well. Surprise, surprise.

When I went back to last year's post about this flower, I discovered a surprise comment, left way after the fact by someone in Jackonsville, who correctly identified it.

Its name is Bromelia balansae. The first picture - which apparently will only upload to that detested *x* instead of showing the actual photo - shows the actual flower, and is found at this link: http://www.dipbot.unict.it/orto/0954-1.html

The following 3 pix are of my own plant, getting ready to flower. That striking flourescent orange? That's only the leaves. Not even a bud has come up yet. You know it's getting ready to flower when the leaves decide to change color: thus the common name, Heart of Flame.

It's way way WAY past my bedtime now! But I was longing to see those babies up there at the top of the page. So tonight you get the pix, no story till tomorrow. Whereupon, I shall Tell All!


Kirsten N. Namskau said...

Amazing pix.
You are so lucky to have a garden.

k said...

Yes. I never forget how lucky, either. It's my only house of my entire life, and I didn't get it until I was 38 years old!

That makes it easy to appreciate it.