Neoregelia spectabilis-Painted Fingernail Bromeliad

Niceville, FL(Zone 8b)

I just rescued this beautiful bromeliad from Wal-mart! It was the only one they had like it. The cretins had it planted in sopping wet very heavy soil, but it seemed to be doing very well none the less. Immediately repotted it in the orchid bark my other neos love. I saw the painted fingernail bromeliad for the first time at Kanapaha Gardens and have wanted one ever since.

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Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

I have Neo. Spectabilis Painted Fingernail, but it looks a little different.
Are the undersides of the leaf a tiger pattern?

Niceville, FL(Zone 8b)

no tiger pattern. Do you think it's something else - it certainly does have "painted nails" :)

Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

There are so many neo's out there. It would be too hard for me to even guess what it is. I think it is NOT painted fingernails.
Maybe try a forum for identification if you don't get any leads here.

Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

digital_dave please give us a suggestion.

Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

OK - well I don't think it's Neo spectabilis.

Although it does have the pink ends, spectabilis has very rigid leaves. This one doesn't seem to.

I have and old hybrid of princeps and carolinae that looked similar but like many of these, it's not even a good guess. And the coloring (at least the potential) on this plant is better.

A little more sun might really color up this plant!

As always with Neo hybrids, it's only a wild guess.


Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

Thanks Dave for appearing on a request. We apprecite your ideas as always.

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