Found throughout Central America from Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia, on a variety of trees and other surfaces.
The plant has whitish, thin leaves and once it grows into a clump, the leaves intertwine to form an attractive sphere. The thin, upright scape bracts can be green, pink or bright and the tubular flowers (a characteristic of subgenus
Tillandsia) are bright yellow to reddish-yellow forming a tube with stamens protruding. They prefer sunny conditions and are easy to grow and
flower. Can even be grown with cacti.
TILLANDSIA – Tillandsias are the most fascinating and certainly the most peculiar of all the Bromeliads. Highly variable, they may be bulbous, tufted, grass-like, or assume several other curious forms. Typically, they are plants of the air, dwelling in its treetop environment where the winds move freely. They require little care if given a suitable environment – bright light to full sunlight, good air circulation and moist atmosphere. Most require seven years or longer to grow to flowering from seed.