This is a miniature Portea, related apparently, to P. alatisepala. Unlike some of the large and ungainly species, this one matures at only about 12 inches and is an attractive little plant. It has a somewhat stoloniferous habit.
Tillandsia 'Cherry Cordial'
A handsome, fairly large growing hybrid by Bill Timm is an unusual cross of (capitata domingensis x dasyliriifolia). The plants are leafy, with fairly narrow leaves tapering from about .75 of an inch to a slender point. The color is reddish, and becomes deeper colored in strong light.
The inflorescence is very tall with many branches held upright to the rachis, deep burgundy red with red bracts. Produces many offsets. Quite showy.
Tillandsia 'Chevalieri' x fasciculata v. densispica
This plant is a beauty from Bak nurseries in Holland but it does not, apparently have a registered name. Too bad because it is a beauty. A fairly large size grower to about a foot tall with a 20 inch spread of channeled, silvery leaves tapering from about a half inch wide to a slender tip. Very graceful in aspect with a soft, velvety quality but sturdy nonetheless. The inflorescence is a branched scape just longer than the leaves, erect with four or five branches held upright in a cluster. The color is greenish yellow to orange-red, depending somewhat on the light, the brighter the more colorful in most cases. Easy to grow under typical Tillandsia conditions, offsets well after blooming.
A suspected natural hybrid of (aeranthos x bergeri) that turned up in a shipment of bergeri from Argentina many years ago. A caulescent plant with stiff, gray leaves on a 6 inch stem, branching freely and forming large clusters.
The inflorescence is a 3 to 4 inch long scape with deep rose pink bracts and dark, inky blue flowers. There are other Tillandsias of the same cross, but this one is quite different, deserving its own name.
Tillandsia 'Kathy Knuth'
A cultivar of (limbata x kegeliana) by Bill Timm, a large growing, unusual cross. The plant forms a large open rosette shape of many narrow, tapering silvery leaves. Very full, it can easily reach 30 inches across and over a foot tall without the inflorescence. The inflorescence is tall but has a short rachis with many long, semi-terete branches, some compound, numbering fifteen or so. The color is pale red to rusty orange over green, with purple flowers.
A hybrid of (concolor x capitata 'Rubra') by Paterson. A colorful plant with moderately stiff, strap-like leaves that contort in curls and spirals. The foliage is light green but turns yellowish in strong light and blushes pinkish when in bloom.
The inflorescence is a short scape with a cluster of glabrous yellow to reddish branches and blue flowers. Scape bracts are very long and leaf-like. A good plant for mounting and growing in bright light. Will form a nice cluster of plants that will bloom simultaneously.
Tillandsia 'Veronica Orozco'
A lovely small, bulbous-based Tillandsia hybrid by Bill Timm. A cultivar of baileyi x caput-medusae, it is shorter and fatter than the baileyi parent with more leaves and thinner leaves than the caput-medusae parent. The inflorescence is intermediate, a tall scape about as tall and the leaves are long with four or five branches. The color is bright pink with silvery trichomes and lavender flowers, very attractive and long lasting.
A nice hybrid that Mr. Timm named in honor of our head Tillandsia grower; Veronica Orozco.