Habitat: Arboretum de
Concord - Conifers from around the World grown in Michigan"
The genus Nidularium was
established in 1854 by Leman. The name (Lat.
nidulus=little nest) refers to characteristic nestling of the flowers in the center of the
rosette. The genus belongs to the subfamily Bromelioideae and comprises some 43 species in
two subdivisions, Canistropsis and Nidularium. Nidulariums are available from bromeliad
growers but not often seen in garden centers.
Leaves: few (5-10) to many; edges toothed, in larger species teeth can be vicious, leaf tapers, ending in a sharp point. A few species have rounded tips with a sharp tooth at the end, similar to neoregelia
Inflorescence: does not rise above the leaves, inflorescence is nestled in the center of the plant; flower buds emerge in the center and between the bracts of the inflorescence. Bracts are pink, red, orange, maroon, sometimes mixed with green and hold their color up to a year after blooming. In N. billbergioides and N. seidelii (among others) the inflorescence is borne on a long stem.
Flowers: Subdivision Nidularium: flowers open only slightly. In N. burchellii, (subdivision Canistropsis), they open wide). Flowers have three pointed petals, usually white, may be tinged with lavender, also yellow, red, and blue. Flowers over a period of weeks
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