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Can anyone name this plant?

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tortoise Sat 19-Jul-08 20:56:02

Given to me by my Mum before she moved abroad.
Pic in profile.
It has suddenly shot out a red bit which has what looks like yellow flowers coming out of it.

I've had it nearly 3 years and it hasn't done this before!

Washersaurus Sat 19-Jul-08 20:59:35

Flaming Torch

funnypeculiar Sat 19-Jul-08 21:01:15

I think it's some sort of bromeliad - just googling

funnypeculiar Sat 19-Jul-08 21:01:41

Aha, won't bother smile

eekamoose Sat 19-Jul-08 21:02:13

Sorry, can't help with the plant. Aspidistra? maybe??

But goodness your dcs are gorgeous!

captainmummy Sat 19-Jul-08 21:03:37

it's a mother-in-law's tongue, also called a sansevaria i think. (so called becuase if you cut it and apply to the tongue it makes it go numb - good for mothers-in-law) I've never seen one flower before. It means it;s either really happy, or really unhappy and trying desperatley to procreate.

Washersaurus Sat 19-Jul-08 21:05:43

<shouts> It is a Vriesia splendens - Flaming Torch (a bromeliad)!!

Dragonbutter Sat 19-Jul-08 21:06:37

is this like a babynaming thread?

hmm, i think it should be named Nelson.

funnypeculiar Sat 19-Jul-08 21:08:39

LOL, it does rather look like a Nelson.

I do love the word bromeliad though ... lovely iad ending...

tortoise Sat 19-Jul-08 21:09:41

Thanks Washersaurus.smile I am surprised it is still alive! It hardly gets watered.

eekamoose Thank you. smile They are rather scrummy. grin

Thanks for all other replies too.

Dragonbutter Sat 19-Jul-08 21:11:52

you're welcome, always happy to help grin

Washersaurus Sat 19-Jul-08 21:14:30

Well if they can handle drought I might have to get one, as neglect is our no.1 houseplant killer.

DB I think Nelson really suits him, will there be a naming ceremony do you think?

Dragonbutter Sat 19-Jul-08 21:16:18

a naming ceremony would be good. just as long as i'm not guardian. i'm not good with plants.
i'll serve the canapes, i'm good at that.

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