Saturday, August 06, 2005

Air Plant (Tillandsia fasciculata)

Tillandsia fasciculata Sw. giant airplant, Duration: Perennial, U.S. Nativity: Native. A epiphytic species (any plant that grows upon or attached to another living plant). From the Greek epi- (meaning 'upon') and phyton (meaning 'plant').

Found in a wide range of elevations, tolerates wet or dry conditions and exposures to the sun. Native to Florida , Caribbean and South America. Grayish green leaves grow in length from 10 to 40 inches and about 1/2 inch in width. The flower stalk may reach 2 feet in some varieties. Blooms range in color. green, cream, yellow, white, or red bracts are common as we see in this example.

Creator: Stolz, Gary M. Source: WO8297-005, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain)

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Kingdom Plantae – Plants, Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants, Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants, Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants, Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons, Subclass Zingiberidae –, Order Bromeliales –, Family Bromeliaceae – Bromeliad family, Genus Tillandsia L. – airplant, Species Tillandsia fasciculata Sw. – giant airplant.

Text Reference: USDA-NRCS. 2005. The PLANTS Database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

Air Plant (Tillandsia fasciculata)

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