One of the more unusual of all Tillandsias because of its habit of producing offsets all along its three foot long inflorescence, as well as in the more usual manner. A handsome plant with rather stiff leaves arranged in a more open rosette. This form of flexuosa is apparently native only to Venezuela, with two major colonies of slightly different plants. One colony occurs on the north coast where it often grows in large numbers in shrubs, trees and cacti on the seaside cliffs. Large clusters of these plants weigh down the limbs of the local scrub-type vegetation, often breaking loose and falling into the sea.
The other colony is in the Andes, near Merida, where it grows mainly in large clusters on the ground and in some low shrubbery. This form has thicker leaves and is larger and more open in shape. An easy to grow species that thrives mounted in a warm environment.
Tillandsia 'PJ's Prize'
A Tillandsia cultivar by Paul Isley III of T. concolor x ionantha. This plant is about three to four inches tall with upright, stiff leaves that are silvery-green with a dark blackish flush in strong light. I can blush red at anthesis. The inflorescence is branched but held low in the foliage as with most ionantha hybrids. Flowers are purple and tubular in shape. Pups freely. Easy to grow.
Tillandsia mitlaensis var. tulensis
A lithophytic Tillandsiaspecies from the vicinity of El Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico at about 5,300 feet of altitude. Considered a distinct variety of the Tillandsia mitlaensis from near the same area. That form is more of a fasciculate, stemless lithophyte while the variety tulensis is distinctly caulescent. The leaves narrower and smaller than the typical species, with appressed silvery-white scales as opposed to dense pruinose scales of the typical form.
The inflorescence is simple, erect, about six inches long with pink bracts and tubular purple flowers. Easy to grow under typical Tillandsia cultural conditions.
Tillandsia 'Amazing Grace'
A choice hybrid from Mark Dimmit is an unusual cross of (roseoscapa x bulbosa). Taking characteristics of both parents, it has an upright vase shape with a somewhat bulbous base. Grown 'hard' the bulbous base is more pronounced. The leaves are many, semi-terete, slightly undulating and green with a light gray scurf. The inflorescence is tall with long, leaf-like scape bracts that blush pink and a cluster of six or so fairly long, upright pink branches. Flowers are light blue. Easy to grow and long lasting in color.Text
Tillandsia 'Tropiflora' x chiapensis
A hybrid of 'Tropiflora' x chiapensis by Steve Correale as yet not named or registered. A large rosette of dark pewter colored leaves that taper to a point. The inflorescence is a cluster of upright, nearly cylindrical branches of deep red with a coat of trichomes that mutes the intense color to a deep rose. The inflorescence is short but with the branches exceeds the leaves.
A nice looking hybrid (chiapensis x jalisco-monticola)by Steve Correale. This is the same cross as Dimmitt hybrid ‘Der Allerbeste’ but does not closely resemble it. A large growing plant with silvery, stiff leaves, and a thickly inflated, branched inflorescence, pink and green with a wash of silver trichomes.
Tillandsia 'Ruby Slippers'
Jim Irvin’s cultivar of (ionantha vanhyningi x caput-medusae ‘Red form’) shows some characteristics of both parents. Overall it is most similar to the caput-medusae parent with a somewhat bulbous base and narrow leaves flaring outward. The leaves are semi-terete but do not contort like caput-medusae often does.
The ionantha vanhyningii aspect comes through in the inflorescence which is a short scape of tight branches and rosy red bracts. At anthesis the upper leaves blush reddish and in bright light they can be reddish most of the time.
Tillandsia 'Mystic Rainbow'
A miniature hybrid of (albertiana x arequitae) by Mark Dimmitt. A fascinating beautiful hybrid with large peach to lavender colored flowers to 2 inches in diameter. Foliage is stiff and silvery in an upright, loose rosette of a dozen leaves.
A choice little hybrid, rarely offered.
Tillandsia x wilinskii
A natural hybrid of (flexuosa x funckiana) that we collected in Venezuela in the late 1990’s. This plant is from a completely different area than the one described by Gouda in 2002, but it likely would be considered the same taxa. Our plant is from the state of Carabobo on the old road from Valencia to Puerto Cabello, a long distance from the Merida locality of the other. We found ours growing on a rock, in light forest in partial shade. The Tillandsia flexuosa and funckiana in this area are quite different looking than the ones near Merida which is much higher in altitude and much drier.
An interesting plant with long, stiff leaves along a caulescent stem, silvery green in color, clump forming. The inflorescence is a thin scape no higher than the foliage, with large flowers of deep rose red that are tubular with flaring petals that recurve at the tips. A very interesting plant that leaves no doubt about its hybrid origins.
Formerly Vriesea hitchcockiana, Tillandsia hitchcockiana has narrow, stiff leaves in a graceful rosette. The infloresence is pink, branched and very tall, with lavender flowers. Native from Ecuador to Peru, it is a saxicole or epiphyte in nature. It bears certain similarity to Vr. cereicola but lacks the stoloniferous habit of that species.
Tillandsia hitchcockiana and Vriesea cereicola are two species of gray leaved Vrieseas that are superficially similar. Both have stiff leaves and grow in a more or less tight, upright rosette. Their infloresences, an overall pink, can be simple or branched.Some basic differences are this; hitchcockiana is a dark brownish gray and does not have stolons, cereicola is silver and is quite stoloniferous. Both are epiphytic or saxicolous, cereicola is fond of growing on cacti, hence the name.
A rare, smaller relative of Tillandsia fasciculata from Jamaica, although our specimen sourced from the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (SEL 1986-0480) came from the Dominican Republic via Luis Ariza-Julia. It is unknown where he got the plant. Very narrow, silvery-gray leaves in an upright rosette to about 7 to 8 inches with a multi-branched inflorescence of bright red with light blue flowers. A very attractive, rare, small species.
Tillandsia botterii x chiapensis
A large, stunning cross of botterii x chiapensis, by Steve Correale. Two species of southern Mexico, each a beauty in their own right. A large plant to about 24 inches tall with silvery leaves that taper to fine points forming a graceful vase shaped rosette.
The inflorescence is multi-branched, taller than the foliage, with many short, pink branches. This is the reverse cross of ‘Mixtec Treasure’ and does not much resemble that plant.