Cryptanthus; Guzmania; Portea; Quesnelia; VrieseaSign In or Register to add photos
Commonly know as 'Earth Stars' because of their low, spreading rosettes of 6 to 20 leaves that hug the ground, these plants are members of the Bromeliad family, and related to the pineapple. The word 'cryptanthus ' actually comes from the Greek words cryptos, "hidden", and anthos, "flower". Cryptanthus are true terrestrials.
Guzmania is a genus of epiphytes, the guzmanias. 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. Guzmanias require warm temperatures and relatively high humidity.
Portea (named for Dr. Marius Porte, French naturalist) is a genus of the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae, and is native to the Atlantic coast of Brazil.
Quesnelia (named For M. Quesnel, French consul to French Guiana) is a genus of the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae. Indigenous to eastern Brazil, this genus contains approximately 30 species.
Guzmanias die after a plant 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.
Vriesea (named for Willem Hendrik de Vriese, Dutch botanist, physician) is the second largest genus of the Tillandsioideae subfamily in the botanical family Bromeliaceae. Containing some of the largest bromeliad species, these tropical plants harbor a wide variety of insect fauna, unlike the smaller catopsis species. This genus is closely related to Tillandsia, only differentiated by the presence of petal appendages in Vriesea.