Tillandsia xerographica

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Tillandsia xerographica
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CITES Appendix II (CITES)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Genus: Tillandsia
Subgenus: Tillandsia[2]
Species: T. xerographica
Binomial name
Tillandsia xerographica
Rohweder
Synonyms[3]
  • Tillandsia kruseana Matuda
  • Tillandsia xerographica f. variegata Moffler
  • Tillandsia tomasellii De Luca, Sabato & Balduzzi

Tillandsia xerographica is a species of bromeliad that is native to southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.[4] The name is derived from the Greek words ξηρός (xeros), meaning "dry," and γραφία (graphia), meaning "writing."

Description[edit]

Tillandsia xerographica is a slow-growing, xerophytic epiphyte.[4] The silvery gray leaves are wide at the base and taper to a point making an attractive, sculptural rosette, 3 feet or more in diameter and over 3 feet high in flower. The inflorescence, on a thick, green stem, from 6 to 15 inches in height, densely branched. The leaf bracts are rosy red; the floral bracts are chartreuse; and the petals of the tubular flowers are red to purple and are very long lasting (months).

Habitat[edit]

Tillandsia xerographica inhabits dry forests and thorn scrub at elevations of 140 to 600 m in southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Average temperatures in its habitat range from 22°C - 28°C, with relative humidity between 60% to 72% and annual precipitation between 550 and 800 mm.[4] It grows epiphytically on the highest branches, where it receive intense lighting.

Cultivars[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Appendices I, II and III". CITES. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  2. ^ Isley, Paul T. Tillandsia: the World's Most Unusual Air Plants. Volume 1. Botanical Press. p. 187. 
  3. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ a b c García, Mygdalia; Hiram Ordóñez Chocano. "Case Study: Tillandsia xerographica" (PDF). International Expert Workshop on CITES Non-Detriment Findings. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  5. ^ a b c d BSI Cultivar Registry Retrieved 11 October 2009