The Bromeliad Society of Australia Incorporated.
Affiliated with The Bromeliad Society International(U.S.A.)
Bromeliad Society of Australia Inc., P.O.Box 340, RYDE, NSW, 2112
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Meeting Venue : Federation Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground, Showground Rd, Castle Hill.
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1:00pm, 2nd Saturday of most months.
Sales from 12:00 before meeting.

Shows: 2016 Autumn Show-7/8 May in Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Spring Show-24/25 September.
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Feb 13th
Meeting*1st meeting in new venue.Members & visitors
March 12th
MeetingShow & Tell, Raffle, Sales, Competitions. Chaired by Kerry McNicol.Members & visitors
Neoregelia lilliputiana & hybrids
Kerry McNicol
April 9th
MeetingShow & Tell, Raffle, Sales, Competitions. Show Table draw.Members & visitors
talkPreparing plants for Competition.Kerry & Terry
May 7/8
Autumn Show
Many hands make light work!ALL members
Harvey Lowe10am-5pm & 10am-3pm+ LOTS of visitors
"Setup Friday from 4pmHelpers welcome
May 14th
MeetingShow & Tell, Raffle, Sales, Competitions.Members & visitors
Werner - Everything For Beginners
June 11th
MeetingShow & Tell, Raffle, Sales, Competitions.Members & visitors
Peter Tristram's recent exploration in Sth.America
July 9th
MeetingShow & Tell, Raffle, Sales, Competitions.Members & visitors
Gardening tools demo.
August 13th
MeetingShow & Tell, Raffle, Sales, Competitions.Members & visitors
September 3rd
1st Saturday !
MeetingShow & Tell, Raffle, Sales, Competitions. Show Table drawMembers & visitors
September 24/25
Spring Show
Many hands make light work!ALL members
10am-5pm &10am-3pm+ LOTS of visitors
FederationSetup Friday from 4pmHelpers welcome
October 15th
3rd Saturday
MeetingShow & Tell, Raffle, Sales, Competitions.Members & visitors
November 19th
3rd Saturday
MeetingShow & Tell, Raffle, Sales, Competitions.Members & visitors
December 10th
Xmas Party
Show & Tell, Raffle, Sales, Competitions. Bromel-Dip, Santa, Xmas luncheon.Members & visitors

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Past articles from this page:
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09/04: A Brief History of the BSA, presented by Ken Woods.
Detective Derek 02/05: Kentís Blue, by Derek Butcher.
BR01: What is a Bromeliad ? By Bob Reilly
03/05a: Nidularium ĎDon Robertsí and Aechmea ĎMiraculous Findí By Peter Franklin.
03/05b: Albino Bromeliad - March meeting.
02/05: Plant of the Month winners 2004.
08/05: August 2005 Meeting, African Violets.
08/06: Ken Woods - Life Member.
09/06: Cryptanthus Ruby.
10/06: Report on 2006 Spring Show & prize winners.
10/06b: Another Albino Brom, from Aileen.
Philately: Bromeliads on Stamps.
03/07: Another Oddity from Aileen.
04/07: Pitcher Plants of the Americas.
04/07b: Vale - Gordon Ramsay.
05/07: Autumn 2007 Show Results.
08/07DIARY BSA Social Outing..
08/07 Grace Goode surprise 90th party.
01/08 Competition Rules. (Superceded, see 03/11)
06/08 Show results, Autumn 2008.
07/08 5 branched Weilbachii.
02/09 "Growing Bromeliads" - errata.
05/09 Autumn 2009 Show results.
09/09 Cliff & Joan Norden.
10/09 Spring 2009 Show results.
05/10 Autumn 2010 Show results.
10/10 Spring 2010 Show results.
03/11a A message of hope.
03/11 Competition Rules. (Updated)
04/11 Ant Plants - Part 1. (Updated)
05/11 Autumn 2011 Show results.
06/11 Ant Plants - Part 2.
08/11 Ant Plants - Part 3.
09/11 Spring 2011 Show results.
10/11 Ant Plants - Part 4.
02/12 xNeophytum Lymanii
06/12 Autumn 2012 Show results.
06/12 Spring 2012 Show results.
05/13 Autumn 2013 Show results.
06/13 Ellen Sloss.
10/14 Spring 2014 Show results.
10/15 Spring 2015 Show results.
02/16 N. lilliputiana Ė and its Hybrids.

NEOREGELIA lilliputiana (species) Ė and its Hybrids.
Complied and presented by Joy Clark at BSA February 2016 meeting.

Neoregelia lilliputiana is endemic to the Brazilian rainforests and is one of the smallest Neoregelia species. It is thought to be closely allied to the ampullaceal group.

Individual plants are about 7-8cm tall with green leaves mottled with reddish, purple bandings below and spotting on top of the leaves. Blueish/purple flowers emerge from the centre well. The fairly quick grower has 3-5cm long stolons that can make an attractive colony in pot culture in a short time. It also has a cascading growth habit which adds to its appeal. Neoregelia lilliputiana also grows well if attached to trees or other media.

Growing conditions: light and nutrient affect both size and colour of this ďcuteĒ little plant. Iíve found it is quite tough and grows best with no fertiliser other than a foliar feed every now and again and hung in an area of bright light to give it good colour.

Because of its size it is quite often used by hybridist to create smaller or miniature neoregelia hybrids.

A hybrid plant is created either in nature or in cultivation, by the cross pollination of two different plants to get the best characteristics of the two plants into one plant. The best looking of the offspring is what we, the bromeliad collectors have, either under the formula name or hybrid name. Hybridising can be successful between two species: species x hybrid, hybrid x hybrid or genera x genera.

There have been many hybrids created with Neo lilliputiana in the mix, some where the lilliputiana colour and size influence is quite obvious e.g. Neoregelia Small Fry, others where the size factor has contributed to the new hybrid to an extent but not so much the lilliputiana colour characteristics e.g. Devinís Delight.

Following is a list of just a few hybrids that have been created either with lilliputiana as the pollen parent or seed parent.

Black Tracker, Bromanza, Chiquita Linda, Cougar, Dark Mood, Devinís Delight, Felix, Flare Up, Gold Pass, Graceís Avalanche, Graceís Focus, Jack Smack, Jolly, Lillipet, Little Jewel, Littlie, Molly, Neilís Pick, Neilís Pleasure, Neilís Wish, Night Spot, Peter Pink, Pussy Foot, Roundabout, Small Fry, Spooky, Spotted Devil, Tabby, Tassie Tiger and Tiger Tot and Witchcraft.

(Only the parent, other than Neo. Lilliputiana, have been shown in the photographs.)

If you want to see the full list of registered lilliputiana hybrids go to the Bromeliad Cultivar Register and type in lilliputiana then click search and you will see there are quite a few hybrids out there.

There are other hybrids where lilliputiana has contributed to size or colour which have rather complicated name formulas. e.g.

Rumba = (carolinae x Hannibal Lector) x (Tiger Cub x lilliputiana) x Small Fry

lilliputiana has been used extensively in hybrids producing stunning miniature neoregelias. No doubt there will be many, many more to come from this little species.

Updated 12/04/16