10 responses to “Tillandsia recurvata”

  1. Anne

    I traded retirement for volunteer teaching in rural Guatemala. I see this Tillandsia on the power lines here. I have transplanted it to my garden to live with my orchids in their hanging baskets.

    Thanks for mentioning a fav plant. How about some of the myriad gingers? I have 10 or 12 different genera, including turmeric. Heliconia is one of my favorites.


    1. Denis

      Cool. Were you a teacher before?

  2. Everett Skinner

    This is more common in South Florida than Spanish Moss. Ball Moss favors Live Oaks and it can often be found on small fallen branches in Fairchild Garden’s parking lot at the staff entrance.

  3. Sue Frisch

    that’s a terrific photo, Daniel! thank you for this wonderful series.

  4. Jim

    It would be really interesting to know more about seed dispersal in these species- are the seeds coated with some kind of adhesive? As if these are distributed by wind- what are the chances of the seeds adhering to the branch it lands on before falling off?

  5. Chris Neumann

    Thanks, Daniel. I grow Tillandsias for fun (in Wisconsin) and it is always nice to see them in situ with habitat information.

  6. Tierney R Rosenstock

    Is this, or something related, what I see growing on power lines in south Florida?

  7. lynn

    What a fun entry….I can easily see the “Tilandsia-ness” here, but while Tillandsia usneoides is graceful, this one is amusing. I love the fruiting bodies, they add a certain zany something. I recognize the ocotillo from AZ, but I don’t remember seeing the Tilandsia – maybe I didn’t make it quite far southeast enough. Next time!

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