A Central American form. A somewhat bulbous-based plant to 8in tall, with stiff silvery leaves and a simple to branched inflorescence of pink, with blue flowers.
Tillandsia 'Amigo' (jaliscomonticola x roland-gasselinii)
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From El Salvador. A soft 4 inch rosette of many silvery-gray leaves that flush slightly yellowish in the center, with white flowers when blooming. Unusual and rare.
A somewhat controversial species, we originally obtained this plant as Tillandsia pucaraensis and have kept the original name. From Northern Peru with semi-soft gray foliage and a branched pink inflorescence, the narrow leaves form a leafy, upright rosette.
We have different clones from other growers but this one most closely agrees with Ehlers' original description and many other illustrated pucaraensis. There is no way for us to resolve the question of guelzii or pucaraensis but we can refer you to the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies website for further discussion.
Our original photo (shown with bloom spike) is of a wild-collected plant. Our current generation of plants (photo without inflorescence) are much more lush due to the excellent care of our Tillandsia grower, Veronica, and her crew.
A Mexican cliff-dwelling species that has been oft confused with Til. utriculata v. pringleyi. This plant has scurfy, almost fuzzy silver leaves, grows in a somewhat recurved shape in a six to ten inch upright rosette and has a simple pinkish scape. A good species for mounting as it is very prolific and will form a nice clump in a relatively short time. This is an easy species requiring no special care. In general, grow bright, on the dry side.
Tillandsia tenuifolia surinamensis 'Amethyst'
A form of the widely variable species from Brazil that has reddish-coppery leaves in a very leafy, somewhat caulescent rosette. The plants form clusters with many offsets. The inflorescence has reddish bracts and white flowers with an open corolla.
A fairly rare plant in cultivation is a denizen of inland forests in the northern Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora. This plant is hummingbird pollinated and has a branched pink scape with tubular flowers. The plant is about 6 inches tall with somewhat stiff, silvery leaves in an upright rosette.
Resembles a fine leaved Til. stricta but is really a close relative of geminiflora. Long dark leaves to six inches or so for a thick rosette and a delicate pink inflorescence. A Brazilian native, it grows well in typical Tillandsia culture, enjoying a shaded, somewhat moist environment.
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Tillandsia floribunda Small Form
This species native to medium to high altitudes in semi-arid scrub in Ecuador and northern Peru is in my opinion a new taxa. As an epiphyte or saxicole, it is consistently a smallish plant with slender, gray leaves to about 8 inches tall in a leafy, upright rosette. The inflorescence is on a tall, slender scape and consists of a cluster of light red branches with blue flowers.
The controversial side of this species is that it also can be found as a really much larger growing plant with an open rosette of very stiff leaves and a much more robust, bright red inflorescence. Similar, but very different in size and appearance. You never find plants in between these extremes and the two ‘forms’ are often found growing together. I believe that this smaller form is a different species or at least a distinct form or subspecies.
Anyway, this is still a showy plant and easy to cultivate but still enjoys cooler temps and pure water if available. That said, we have successfully cultivated this plant here in Florida for over 20 years.
This is a showy 6 to 8 inch species from Bolivia and Argentina, and is thought to possibly be a natural hybrid of ixioides and recurvifolia. It has stiff silvery leaves in a an upright rosette, with a fairly long scape, bearing pink bracts and light yellow flowers. The fragrance is faint, at best, but is described as 'spicy'. A nice plant that flowers freely and makes large clusters in a few seasons. Easy to grow, bright and on the dry side.
Tillandsia straminea 'Thick Leaf'
A variable plant found across the Andean valleys of Peru and Ecuador where the temps are hot in the days and cool at night and the wind is almost always blowing. A cluster forming plant that forms large masses of plants that have brilliantly white, silvery leaves and tall scapes with pink to lavender branches and large, very fragrant flowers. Many local forms exist from long and caulescent, short leaved and long leaved, thick and thin forms. There are smaller varieties and giant forms. This form is a ‘thick leaved’ form with leaves that are quite broad and thicker than some, lending a more robust look to the plant. The inflorescence is very tall, to almost 24 inches with a cluster of branches and many fragrant, two-tone flowers; white and lavender.