Tillandsia ‘Bak’s Noddy’ by Derek Butcher June 2016
This saga seems to have started in 2011 when Bruce Dunstan posted some photos on Florapix as Tillandsia ? Walter Till suggested it seemed linked to Tillandsia deflexa but could add nothing further. This species is little known in cultivation and all we have is the description under Tillandsia deflexa L. B. Smith, Contr. Gray Herb. 154: 35, pl. 1, figs. 4, 5. 1945.
Type. Steyermark 37390 (holotype F), above Finca El Porvenir, Cerro de Mono, south slopes of Volcan Tajumulco, 1400-1700 m alt, San Marcos, Guatemala, 9 Mar 1940.
Distribution. Known from the type collection only.
From protologue : In its hanging lax inflorescence, T. deflexa is reminiscent of T. standleyi, but it has nearly concolorous leaves with ligulate blades, larger floral bracts and connate posterior sepals.
The plant in question was traced back to Peter Bak in Holland but he could not advise any provenance and there were significant differences! It grew well in Australia and produced offsets easily. It should have a name for identification purposes and Peter Tristram has suggested ‘Bak’s Noddy’ which is apt because it not only indicates its source but one of its outstanding attributes. Depending on growing conditions, the plant can vary from 30-40 cm diam, The peduncle to 30 cm long with the fertile inflorescence to 40 cm long"