|Quesnelia marmorata ©|
| by Penrith Goff,
Habitat: Arboretum de
Concord - Conifers from around the World grown in Michigan"
| Quesnelia, subfamily Bromelioidiae, was established as a genus by
Gaudichaud in 1842 and is named for a French consul to French Guiana,
M. Quesnel, who introduced the genus to France in 1840.
Comprised of about 15 species, the genus is divided into 2 subgenera:
quesnelia and billbergiopsis.
Quesnelias bear a strong resemblence to aechmeas and billbergias and indeed some were earlier classified as billbergias. Although quesnelias are tough plants, easy to grow and bloom readily, the family has not become popular as houseplants, perhaps because the foliage is not particularly attractive, the inflorescences do not last long, and many of species are rather large and prickly. Nonetheless there are a few small ones (Q. humilis, Q. marmorata, especially “Tim Plowman”) which are handsome foliage plants even when not bearing their beautiful flowers. The bracts of Q. arvensis and Q. testudo are a fluorescent red.
Quesnelias are indigenous to the rainforests of eastern Brazil.
BRACTS: pink or red.
FRUITS: dry berry.
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