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Products > Deuterocohnia brevifolia forma chlorantha
Deuterocohnia brevifolia forma chlorantha - Abromeitiella
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: Argentina (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Abromeitiella chlorantha]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Deuterocohnia brevifolia forma chlorantha (Argentine Ball) - A small dense and attractive terrestrial bromeliad that forms dense mounds (called pollsters) to a foot tall or more composed of tiny 1 inch wide rosettes of sharp tipped triangular leaves with tiny teeth along the margin and appear whitish from the covering of light reflecting trichome hairs. We have never seen this particular small form bloom, but other Deuterocohnia brevifolia we have in our collection have chartreuse colored flowers in winter to early spring that are nestled into the leaves. These flowers are interesting but not particularly showy. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally in the pot to very little if planted in the ground. Hardy to around 20 F. A very interesting plant in a rock or succulent garden setting or kept as an unusual potted plant that with time will cover the pot, and sometimes flow down onto what-ever surface it is placed. This plant circulated in the trade under the names Abromeitiella chlorantha or A. brevifolia ssp. chlorantha. This plant is native to Argentina in the region of Tucuman and southern Bolivia where it can be found clambering over the rocks on steep slopes in a arid climate were fog supplies much of its water needs. Though seemingly quite different from other species of Deuterocohnia, Abromeitiella were formally synonymized with the genus in 1992 by American botanists Michael Spencer and Lyman Smith in "A revision of the genus Deuterocohnia Mez (Bromeliaceae. Pitcaimioideae)" published in Bradea 6, the journal of the Rio de Janeiro Herbarium. The genus was named for the German botanist Ferdinand Julius Cohn with the preface Greek word 'deuter' (or 'deutero' meaning "second" (or second Cohnia) as the name Cohnia had already been used to describe an orchid. The original name Abometitiella was coined by Carl Christian Mez in 1927 to honor the German botanist Johannes Abromeit. Previously the plants in the genus had also been included in the genus Pitcairnia and this group of bromeliads in the sub-family Pitcairniodae are considered to be among the most primitive of the family. The specific epithet is a reference to the short leaves and the form chlorantha, which formally was elevated to the species or to the subspecies level, means "green flowered", but current treatment has synonymized it within the species so we treat it as a form. A beautiful 2 foot wide mounded specimen of this species in a low bowl planter went for $4,000 at the 2021 Lotusland Exceptional Plant Auction. This 30 year old plant had been donated by Santa Barbara bromeliad growers Dorothy and John Warnock.  Information displayed on this page about  Deuterocohnia brevifolia forma chlorantha is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.