Tillandsia usneoides

Tillandsia is the biggest genus in the bromeliad family, representing roughly 550 of the more than 2,500 types of bromeliads. They are endemic to the hotter atmospheres of the Americas.

Generically known as air plants, they are found from wilderness to rain forest to dry desert conditions – from sea level to high mountain locales.

Most Tillandsia species utilize their root system to join themselves to trees or ledges and retain water and minerals. This classifies the tillandsia as an epiphytes. Retention happens through little scales on their leaves called trichomes. These trichomes give numerous air plants their silver or gray appearance. There is a large variety in size, shape, colour, bloom and shading of these bromeliads. A significant number of these exceptional plants experience significant colour change as they get ready to sprout. Some have a lovely, inimitable scent. These strong plants are versatile and tolerant to an extensive variety of ecological conditions and demand little attention.

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