A rare and showy small growing Tillandsia from the Amazonian slopes of the Andes, in the state of Zamora-Chinchipe. In 1994 east of the tiny village of Zumbi I saw this species growing on the exposed trunk of a palm tree, a remnant of recently cut primary forest. This area is fairly low and warm, but still very moist and often misty.
Turned out to be a new species that was eventually described by Harry Luther at Selby. A nice plant with reddish leaves and a simple yellow, somewhat inflated spike with dark blue-violet flowers.
Note that the picture is of the type specimen at the time of discovery and the same picture we use front and center on tropiflora.com!