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Tillandsia tricholepis

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tillandsia (til-LAND-see-uh) (Info)
Species: tricholepis (try-ko-LEP-is) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral olddude On Jul 24, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

Native to Brazil to Bolivia and Argentina.

Positive Monocromatico On Oct 18, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This isnīt a moss, but a bromeliad, although most people wouldnīt say it... and a bizarre one. Instead of having long and broad leaves, and a very short stem, this plant has a very long stem and short leaves. If it wasnīt uncommon enough, this is an absolutely aerial plant, needing no soil at all.

The leaves are densely covered with specialized white hairs that helps on water and mineral absortion directly from the air, making the foliage more important than roots on that function. The stem grows hanging from the fixation point, reaching up to 20cm long. The inflorescence is discrete, bearing 3-5 white flowers that perish quickly and are hardly noticed. The seed pods produce abundant hairy seeds.

All it needs is some air movement, regular watering, moderate temperatures and light. You can try to fix it to a tree, or some bark bits, or even rocks, but the plant doesnīt require any kind of soil at all, only a place where it can hang down and get air movement. In Rio de Janeiro, itīs common to see them growing on electrical cables, and I have minde hanging on a wall for several years, for example, so as long as you find the right place for it, it will prosperate.

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