Tillandsia cryptopoda


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A Honduran species from the cool pine forests, where it grows as an epiphyte in shaded, breezy locations. A mesic species with green leaves in an open rosette about 6 inches across, that somewhat resembles Tillandsia multicaulis when in flower. It has a very short scape that produces several large fish-shaped branches of deep red/orange, giving the appearance of having multiple infloresences. Cultivate potted in the manner of a Vriesea or mount, keeping it slightly moist and shaded. Seldom seen in cultivation.