Saturday, April 07, 2007

haute house flowers: tillandsia the airplant

The genus Tillandsia otherwise known as the air plant, is a member of the Bromeliad family. Tillandsia habitat varies from deserts, forests and mountains of Central, South America, Mexico and the southern United States-they gather moisture and nutrients from the air (dust, decaying leaves and insect matter) through structures on the leaves called trichomes (needing very little water--my favorite attribute) Tillandsia species are epiphytes growing without soil, attached to other plants but are not parasitic they only need the support to hole them up. They reseed with offsets called pups which can be removed and grown alone or left to form a cluster. There are about 400 beautiful species with different colors of flowers and leaves.

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