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  Tillandsia ionantha Planch.
  Family Name : Bromeliaceae

  Common Names : Blushing Bride Airplant, Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride Airplant,Blushing Bride
  • Record Info
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Mexico to Central America 
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Highland / Montane
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Small airplant with stemless rosettes to 10cm in height, forming dense clumps where growing conditions are ideal.
      Foliage: Leaves thick, narrowly triangular to 6cm in length, with silvery gray - white trichomes on the surface. Innermost leaves (nearest to the centre of the rosette) turning bright red when plants begin to flower. The change in color of the innermost leaves is thought to allow the plant to attract its bird pollinators more effectively.
      Flowers: Flowers tubular, to 4cm in length, protruding from centre of rosette. Stamens and pistil held above petals. 
      In its native habitat, this species is pollinated by hummingbirds. Locally, it is visited by sunbirds.
      [Others]: T ionantha is a variable species with a number of recognized varieties as well as many cultivars, all of which are sought after by air plant enthusiasts.
      Habitat :
      Epiphytic in tropical dry forests, scrub, charappal or along riversides, or lithophytic and on rocks or limestone cliffs.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
      Small Gardens, Skyrise / Balcony, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Bird-Attracting (Flowers)
      Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Vertebrates (Bird))
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Abiotic (Wind)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade, [Remarks] (While it is able to tolerate full sun, very light shading (10-20% shade) is recommended for this species. Plants grown under more than 50% shade may not flower.)
      Water Preference :
      [Remarks] (Spray or mist the plants lightly once every 3-4 days; do not allow water to collect in the leaf bases as this will cause the plants to rot.  Good ventilation is a must.), Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Fertilizing :
      Feed with dilute liquid fertilizer fortnightly
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Division, [Remarks] (Can be propagated via 'pups' or offsets that is formed at the basal leaves of the rosette after flowering)
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green, Red, Silver / Grey
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      FlowerTexture(s) :

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