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Tillandsia Califano Too baileyi x ionantha, Foster, 1965.
From BCR ... "Imported to AU from USA in 1970's as a natural hybrid of ionantha x capitata which is incorrect."
Ed. ... "Compared with Califano, Califano Too has longer (5" instead of 3") arching (not upright slightly bulbous) leaves. "
Ian Hook 11/19 as ionantha x baileyi (Nat.Hyb) ex. Chris Larson
Ian Hook ... "Natural hybrids should have the presumed parents listed alphabetically, so this lead me to 'Califano' - "Natural hybrid Northern Mexico"
But a measurement of leaf length and the arching form indicates this is the Australian import 'Califano Too'. "
Vic Przetocki. BCR image.
Tillandsia ‘Califano Too’ by Derek Butcher.
In 1993 I obtained a plant from Margaret Paterson of Gympie, Queensland called T. ionantha x capitata and she asked me to check it out because the parentage seemed wrong.
In 1999 it flowered in my collection and I thought at first it was T. ‘Califano’ which is a hybrid made by Foster of T. ionantha x baileyi. The only difference seemed to be in the longer arching leaves. I contacted Margaret again.
Apparently her plant had originally come to her from Ann Boon in Sydney in the 1970’s as a natural hybrid named T. ionantha x capitata. The plant originally came from the USA but both Margaret and I believe that T. capitata had nothing to do with the making of this hybrid. Regrettably we cannot trace who found this alleged hybrid in the wild but if we were trying to name it botanically it would surely be Tillandsia aff. ‘Califano’. This solution is unavailable to us so we are calling it T. ‘Califano Too’.