A species related to Tillandsia xiphioides has relatively few, stiff leaves in an open rosette, with a lanceolate inflorescence of yellow. Flowers are yellow, but unlike xiphioides, not fragrant. We found this species growing on rocks in the full sun, not far from the Rio Santa Rosa in central Bolivia.
Crossing the Santa Rosa in our little jeep, we were nearly swept away when the water got as deep as our door handles! This rare plant had not been in cultivation in the U.S. before then. Grow bright with good air circulation. Restrict water in winter.