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PlantFiles: Fushs' Bromeliad, West Indian Tufted Airplant
Guzmania monostachia

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Guzmania (guz-MAN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: monostachia

Synonym:Tillandsia monostachia
Synonym:Tillandsia pachycarpa
Synonym:Tillandsia gymnophylla
Synonym:Tillandsia clavata
Synonym:Bromelia tricolor

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Winter


Other details:
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MotherNature4 On Apr 10, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This Guzmania is native to the Everglades and is listed as a Florida Endangered Species. It is fully protected by law and is illegal to collect. It is found in parts of Central and South America.

The inforescence is cone-like in appearance. It has a bright red tip. As the little scales open, a small white flower emerges. For a good photo of this, look it up at

The bright green leaves do not have thorns as many other bromeliads do.

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