Friday, June 25, 2010


The Hohenbergia are a genus of the subfamily Bromelioideae in the family of bromeliads (Bromeliaceae). The genus name honors a King of Württemberg, who was under the name of Hohenberg a patron of botany. In this genus there are about 54 species.


The genus has a disjoint distribution: some species are only in the Caribbean (especially Jamaica) which, as most other species have their areas in Brazil, there are also species in Guatemala.

Because of their size, these species rarely found in private collections in areas where they occur by frosts can not be maintained in the open air. But in some tropical parks and gardens, and in almost all the botanical gardens will find this relatively modest but decorative plants, most frequently Hohenbergia stellata.


The Hohenbergia species are funnel-or Zisternenbromelien. These are mostly large species with more than 1 m diameter funnel and flower stands that are taller than 1 meter. Most species are epiphytes.

The sturdy reinforced sheets are always on the edge (like all representatives of the Bromelioideae), with a spiked top, Saugschuppen are mainly seen on the leaf.
In the leaf-hoppers often gather large amounts of water. In many craters there are small areas containing more species, algae and aquatic plants.

The flowers are too many in most respectable, long-lasting inflorescences (inflorescences), they are composed of peg-part buds. At the inflorescences often sit conspicuously colored bracts (bracts), it dominates the color red (usually with a blue component), there are also white.

The flowers are at most short stalks. The but somewhat further, threefold flowers are often blue or blue-purple, there are also yellow, and white. Among the types of flowers of blue birds are the pollinators. The flowers are laterally compressed.

The three sepals are fused into a short tube.
The three petals are free above the ovary. The petals have scales at their base (ligule). There are two circles, each with three stamens present. The inner stamens are adherent to the petals. The ovaries are inferior.


See Also: International Flower Delivery, Florist

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