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 miniature gem! Native from southern Florida, Cuba, Mexico, Central America and into South America down to Ecuador and Brazil. This plant is now commercially cultivated in Guatemala. A short, fat little bulb with fuzzy silver leaves looking like little arms. The inflorescence is large for the size of the plant, and is an inflated spike that sometimes blushes deep pink or can remain silvery. Despite it’s fuzzy coat of large silver trichomes, pruinosa is a forest dweller. Grow shady and moist. A very nice, must-have plant.
A plant of some mystery. Central American forms of concolor are still offered as acostae, as are some forms of fasciculata. In fact, I am not certain that anyone really knows what exactly Tillandsia acostae is. This species is now considered to be rhomboidea, though we also have that species and this one is different in some ways.
Our plants came from Costa Rica many years ago. At the time we showed the plants to Prof. Dr. Werner Rauh who gave us the name. Over the years we have never seen another ‘real’ acostae, and I guess we never will as it is now not recognized. It is a compact, stiff leaved plant with a dark orange, inflorescence with four or more branches that are almost oval in cross section. Rather slow growing but worth the wait!