Tillandsia cyanea

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Tillandsia cyanea
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Tillandsia cyanea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Tillandsioideae
Genus: Tillandsia
Subgenus: Phytarrhiza
Species: T. cyanea
Binomial name
Tillandsia cyanea
Linden ex K. Koch

Tillandsia cyanea (common name pink quill) is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family, native to the rainforests of Ecuador. An epiphytic perennial growing to 50 cm (20 in) high by 50 cm (20 in) wide, it has stemless rosettes of thin, recurved leaves and paddle-shaped spikes of 20 pink bracts with violet flowers, in spring and autumn.[1][2]

The Latin specific epithet cyanea means "blue", referring to the intense purple-violet hue of the flowers.[3]

With a minimum temperature of 7 °C (45 °F), this plant is often cultivated as a houseplant in temperate regions.[1] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ http://www.flowers.org.uk/plants/plants-by-name/q-t/tillandsia-cyanea/
  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Tillandsia cyanea". Retrieved 27 June 2013.