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    Genus ID for a brom?

    I won a houseplant giveaway from a blog that I read and one of the plants that the lady sent was this bromeliad. Since it doesn't have an inflorescence, I'm guessing that it would be difficult to identify the species, but could anyone at least tell me the genus?

    Bromeliad

    The longest leaves are about 9" long and 1" wide. Each leaf blade is lightly serrated. From the base of the soil to the highest point, the brom currently stands about 8" high.

    Edit:
    Alright. I wiped down the leaves and got most of the white stuff off. I'm guessing that it was hard water residue. Anyway, here's how it looks now:

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    Last edited by meka; 09-23-2011 at 08:01 PM.

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    I was thinking it might be an Aechmea too. I wish it had the inflorescence so I could be a little more helpful.

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    Aechmea faciata
    Edit: Whoops swords posted while I was looling all over google images

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    How confident are you in that? I have one popsicle stick left and a Sharpie, so if I'm going to write this down, there's no going back.

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    I'd just like to mention that the white on the plant rubs off. I think it's build-up from hard water. I added a new picture up above.
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    I'm pretty sure the white is something the plant makes
    But i would assume it wouldn't matter that you rubbed it off

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    Uh oh. I hope it won't matter...

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    Yeah, the white powdery stuff was the plant's trichomes, which are used to absorb moisture and protect the plant from harsh sunlight. It shouldn't hurt the plant too much that you washed them off since (presumably) it's going to be inside, but as new leaves grow just leave the trichomes on.

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