Conservation Collection

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At the 2010 annual main assembly of the German Bromeliad Society (DGB) it was decided to establish a bromeliad Conversation Collection. The aim of this collection is to cultivate documented and/or reliably identified bromeliads that are especially deserving of protection. The collection is supported and financed by the DGB.

For this purpose the DGB rented 50 sqm of greenhouse space for overwintering the collection in a nursery in Southern Germany. In 2013 an outdoor grow space with large plant racks and shading was added to provide almost ideal summer conditions for the plants. Several members living in the surrounding area have taken over the plants' care, more members meet there several times a year to move the plants in- or outdoors, to groom them and to complete other tasks related to the cultivation as well as for processing data.

The basis for the Conversation Collection is the private collection of our late member Jürgen Lautner who collected tillandsia through many years and built one of the most beautiful tillandsia collections focusing on Mexican species. The locality of many of the plants is documented which makes them highly deserving of preservation. The collection was donated to the DGB for the purpose of conservation. It forms the starting point of the Conversation Collection. The plants are now being inventoried and fully documented. As soon as this work is complete, further plants can be added to the Conversation Collection.

There are strict guidelines for admission into the collection. The purchase of plants is unfortunately not possible for the DBG due to limited availability of funds. We therefore hope for numerous donations of plants to have the Conversation Collection grow quickly. The collection is certainly open to visitors by appointment or during one of our events in the nursery.

Even though this is just the beginning, we hope to contribute to the long term conservation of plants whose natural habitats have become endangered or already do not exist anymore.

The data of all recorded plants in the Conversation Collection is located in a separate area of this website.
To protect the natural habitats this information is only accessible to users with specific user rights!
In case of need please contact this website's administrator.



To support the Conversation Collection financially, donations are naturally always highly welcome. Please donate under the title "Conversation Collection" to the following account:

Deutsche Bromelien-Gesellschaft e.V.
Account number: 373923606
bank code number: 50010060
IBAN: DE88500100600373923606
(Postbank Frankfurt am Main)

A donation certificate can be issued upon request to our treasurer.


The bromeliad Conversation Collection under the patronage of the German Bromeliad Society is an ex-situ Conversation Collection for living plants from the bromeliaceae family. The purpose of the collection is the preservation of genetic resources to conserve the biological diversity of species.

Accepting Plants into the Collection:

Plants from all species of bromeliacaea can be accepted into the Conversation Collection if the following criteria are fulfilled:

  • The habitat/locality of the plants must be distinctly documented.
  • The plant must be labelled and carry the information on its habitat/locality.
  • If a plant's habitat/locality is unknown, it must belong to a clearly identified rare taxon (species, subspecies, variety or natural hybrid). Artificial hybrids are excluded from the collection which is limited to the preservation of cultivated natural forms.
  • The plants must be free of disease and pests.
  • With the release of the plant its ownership is transferred to the German Bromeliad Society. The German Bromeliad Society depends on plant donations. The purchase is not intended and will only occur in exceptional cases within the financial possibilities of the DBG and only upon majority vote by the society's board members. The German Bromeliad Society reserves the right to reject plant donations without justification and is not obligated to accept plants that have been offered.

Cultivation/Documentation of the Plants:

At least one member of the German Bromeliad Society is available for the care of the plants. The caretaker cannot be held responsible for the possible loss of plants. The German Bromeliad Society ensures the continuous documentation of its plants. They primarily serve scientific and educational purposes.

Use of the Plants:

All members may visit the Conversation Collection. Visits are to be coordinated with the currently responsible caretaker. Scholars may access the plant material for research purposes as long as the scientific work does not endanger the population of the species in question. Herbarium specimen, in particular, may only be produced as far as absolutely essential to the research.

Release of Plants:

Surplus plants from vegetative or generative propagation may not be used for commercial purposes. Instead they are to be offered preferentially to members of the German Bromeliad Society, e.g. during events of the society. The release of plants into botanical institutions (where applicable in exchange) is also possible for a wide-spread distribution to facilitate the preservation.

Operation and Dissolution:

The bromeliad Conversation Collection is founded as permanent institution of the German Bromeliad Society. The Conversation Collection's dissolution can be effected at any time upon decision by the annual general meeting. In this case the complete collection is preferentially transferred to one new institution which guarantees the preservation of the bromeliad Conversation Collection as a whole.

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