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A Star is Born

A Star is Born
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Copyright: Stacy Siders (applesiders) (40)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-11
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/3.7
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(pink) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-23 17:39
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture last Spring while visiting our local botanical gardens (Myriad Gardens). I was very captured by the beauty and contrast of this particular plant. The flower seems to burst into the scene like a star. So here's a little info about this plant:

Aechmea fasciata is an epiphytic Bromeliad from Brazil. Aechmeas are among the most beautiful of all Bromeliads for indoor decoration. Large, colorful blooms rise high above the vase-shaped rosette of leaves.

This plant is frequently is a popular gift when blooming. The blossom can last several months, after which the plant emit pups. The main plant slowly dies. It is important not to separate the suckers from the main plant too early.

The propagation is either by seeds or pup. Seeds are much slower and they might take 6 to 8 years to bloom. Pups take much less time from over a year to 3 years.

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