This species has a very bulbous base and twisty leaves tapering to a thread-fine tip. The plants are a sort of an olive-drab to brown color, with hundreds of tiny red specks. In bloom, it produces a spike with short branches of a pink to lavender color. Mature plants can vary in size from four to twelve inches. Native from Mexico to Panama, in forested locations from sea level to 6,000 feet. Grow on the shady and moist side. In nature you never see this plant as a single specimen. Naturally growing in clusters, sometimes numbering hundreds of plants, this simple little Tillandsia becomes a spectacular specimen.