Sunday, January 10, 2016

Edited: Catopsis morreniana (Originally Catopsis berteroniana )

Edit: Unfortunately this is a Catopsis morreniana. I'll leave the rest of the post as is, but wanted to put this at the top for people coming across this post. I purchased this from California Carnivores, summer 2015, if you've purchased yours around the same place same time, this note is for you. Catopsis berteroniana only produces one pup at a time, mine currently is working on it's 3rd from the same mother plant. Catopsis berteroniana also has larger flowers and it much larger at maturity, with a variety of other minor difference irrelevant at this point for a positive ID.

Thanks to a tip last spring from Natch Grayes, I got a hold of a Catopsis berteroniana. This is one of the few Bromeliads thought to be carnivorous. I decided I needed one when I learned part of it's natural range includes Southern Florida. So although I may have to bring it inside as the weather is starting to get cooler now, it should do very well here outside the rest of the year.

I totally forgot to post pictures of it blooming this summer. I've been so busy with other things, I haven't posted pictures of much of anything for a while :(

The flowers aren't particularly exciting, but the fact that it flowered is great because...

We've got pups! Only two so far, not sure if that's typical for these, but I'm just happy that it's happy.

Now that I'm forced to bring more cold sensitive plants inside for "winter" I'm reminded to take pictures, so more to come as I have quite a few things I'm excited to share. Happy New Year, hope you all are well and your plants grow spectacularly in 2016!


  1. Very cool! I have recently gotten into carnivorous bromeliads. I currently have a Brocchinia reducta and a tatei with plans to eventually "collect 'em all!" As always, beautiful looking plants. It is awesome to see you around!


    1. Thanks Rich, nice to hear from you! I'd like to try reducta as well, but I'm not sure if it will tolerate how hot it is here and still do well. May give it a shot someday though. I understand the collect them all feeling, fortunately only the heat lovers last here so it keeps me limited!

  2. That's really cool! And thanks for the shout out! That looks incredible!

    1. No problem. I don't usually check California Carnivores' stock as they rarely have lowlanders anymore so I wouldn't have known they had it if you hadn't have mentioned it in one of my older posts. It's been growing real well, so I hope it's a monster in a few years.