A hybrid of (streptophylla x flabellata) that forms a slightly bulbous-based plant with upright, channeled leaves, recurving towards the tips. The inflorescence is a loosely branched panicle with a central spike and five or so additional, long, slender branches growing at right angles, pink going green at the tips. The foliage has a good coating of trichomes giving the plant a velvety feel. Easy to grow mounted or even potted in an orchid-type, fast draining mix.
A nice hybrid by Bill Timm has unusual parentage: (fasciculata v. densispica x macvaughii). I do not know of another hybrid made with Tillandsia macvaughii. The plant is medium to large sized to about 24 inches across in a rosette of fairly stiff, arching, pale green leaves.
The inflorescence is on a stout, short scape with red bracts that forms many erect branches of glossy yellow. Very long lasting in color.
Tillandsia ixioides x tenuifolia
A small plant with grayish silver leaves in an upright rosette. It is clustering and has a short scape with bright pink bracts and yellowish flowers.
Native Brazil to Bolivia and Argentina is a cascading plant with tiny green or grayish leaves on little stems. Clusters are handsome and produce little yellowish flowers. A widely variable species in the subgenus Diaphoranthema, it varies from very slight, wispy foliage to sturdy, fat stems that can hang to 12 inches or more. Our clone is from Bolivia and is one of the smaller forms that forms clusters and grows fairly rapidly. Grows naturally as a lithophyte or and epiphyte and enjoys good air circulation. Our clone is ‘growing wild’ in our shade houses where the seeds often germinate on the screens.
Tillandsia 'Kiana Knuth'
A really nice hybrid of (hammeri x concolor ‘Cuicatlan’) by Bill Timm. What a neat combination, a tall, stiff leaved, upright plant crossed with a stiff leaved open rosette type with a beautiful inflorescence. It worked! This is a jewel with stiff, upright, very narrow foliage, and a showy, branched inflorescence that is upright, taller than the foliage and pink and green to reddish. Interestingly enough, both species occur in the same area of Mexico!
A Central American and southern Mexican species that forms a soft, silvery, 6 to 8 inch rosette that blushes carmine-red at anthesis, with large blue-purple flowers. Grow mounted in an airy location.
Tillandsia mima v. chiletensis
A variety of T. mima from the area of Rio Jequetepeque in the Department of Cajamarca, Peru that was discovered by Prof. Dr. Werner Rauh and published in 1977. A saxicole in nature, it has extremely heavy, wire-like roots for holding fast to rocks. Differing from the other typical forms of mima in having narrow foliage, many leaves and a smaller size of only about 24 inches maximum and usually smaller. Like the other forms, produces adventitious offsets at the base and this form also produces them on the inflorescence as well.
The inflorescence is quite tall, over 3 feet, tripinnate and bearing dark violet flowers. Our plants came from Dr. Rauh many years ago. We find this species hardy but very slow growing.
A desert dweller from Peru where it forms dense mats of millions of plants on the dunes. In Peru they form massive 'carpets' on the desert sands. They are silvery little fellows that produce lovely purple flowers which may or may not be (depending whom you ask) fragrant. A small silvery plant that blooms purple. Cultivation is easy, grow mounted or simply hang on a string in a breezy, bright spot. Water infrequently and fertilize modestly.
A clone of (stricta x leonamiana). A showy hybrid of two colorful plants. A leafy rosette to over 6 inches with many stiff silvery gray leaves. The inflorescence is a stout scape with bright pink bracts tipped in silver with pale bluish-white flowers. Different and colorful. Long lasting too
Tillandsia purpurea 'Grande'
Tillandsia purpurea is found in Peru where it forms large colonies on the desert sands which may contain millions of plants of a single or a few clones. Adjacent valleys may have completely different looking forms which are in fact the same species. This happens to be one of the more desirable of Tillandsias due in part to its ease of cultivation and its colorful, fragrant flowers. We have four distinctly different forms in our collection: Til. purpurea ‘Grande’ as you would expect is the giant of the group with thick leaves on a 8 to 10 inch stem.
Tillandsia baguagrandensis x didisticha
A nice hybrid by Jim Irvin that unfortunately he never named nor registered. Using two South American species native to warm to hot arid regions. Tillandsia babuagrandensis is a species with a simple inflorescence of pinkish red from Peru in the region of Bagua Grande in the state of Amazonas and the didisticha is a handsome species from Bolivia and Argentina with a branched pink inflorescence.
The cross has many short, stiff, pointed leaves with a coating of silver trichomes. The inflorescence is a tall spike with on or two upright branches, red with silver trichomes giving it a pinkish coloration. Easy to grow, pups well and does best in bright light, mounted.
Tillandsia 'Impression Perfection'
A nautral hybrid of (albida x concolor) named and registered by Bill Timm. This is a real nice hybrid that shows characteristics of both parent plants. The foliage is silvery, in an open rosette with leaves that recurve and twist. It is not caulescent like albida. The inflorescence resembles the concolor parent with yellowish branches in upright candelabra form, and pink flowers.