Guzmania musaica Mez
Guzmania musaica is a perennial.
Guzmania musaica was already described and the name validly published by Jean Jules Linden and Ã‰douard-FranÃ§ois AndrÃ©. It was Carl Christian Mez, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1896.
The perennials reach heights of 20 to 40 centimetres.
Guzmania musaica is evergreen. The dark-green, simple leaves are basal. They are linear and sessile with entire margins and parallel venation.
Flowers and Fruits
Guzmania musaica produces spikes of yellow tubular flowers from June to August.
The perennials produce septicidal capsules.
Guzmania musaica is native to Colombia and Panama.
The perennials prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1Â°C (USDA zone 10). When cultivated as an epiphyte the plants are mounted on a piece of bark or a branch (e.g. Taxus or Thuja) and the roots are wrapped in Sphagnum moss.. Under glass use a mixture of bark chaff, leaf mulch and sharp sand.
In summer the plants prefer protection from hot midday sun.
The perennials are suited for cultivation in a hot house. Suited as indoor plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
- For healthy growth apply orchid fertilizer monthly during growth.
- Water moderately and mist regularly in summer, when grown as an epiphyte misting daily usually is sufficient. Outside the flowering period the rosette should be kept filled with water. Change water every 3 to 4 weeks to keep it from rotting, use soft water.
Propagate by rooting plantlets.
Pests and Diseases
Waxy fibres and honeydew on leaves and shoots indicate an infestation with mealybugs. Apply insecticide or control biologically with predatory ladybirds.
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃŸe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.