Tillandsia Cotton Candy
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Tillandsia Cotton Candy
stricta x recurvifolia.
(See 'Houston', 'Flaming Cascade', 'Flaming Spire' & 'Southern Cross) - Dimmitt, Arizona USA
Chris Larson 03/19. "Cotton Candy Green"
Rob Bower 03/19. "Unknown"
Chris Larson ... "In amongst all of our different T. Cotton Candy we receive things like T. Cotton Candy Compact, T. Cotton Candy Green. I pay little heed to such things.
So I decided to track down the import name under which we were getting this plant - which I thought was an exceptional form of T. stricta. It surprised me when I found that this is received as T. "Cotton Candy Green".
The photos are of a plant which flowered in quarantine and I think it may be capable of a better spike. Also the foliage of the rosette is a lot denser than it appears in the photos. Vegetatively it is like a superior form of T. stricta possibly has some recurvifolia in it, but not much.
It is getting around, not just here but o/s. Ill now have to grow some well and document it."
Rob Bower ... "Here is a pic of some hybrid. Does anyone have a name or a guess for parents? I thought some recurvifolia in it. It's a pretty nice flower - very structured."
Chris Larson ... "Hi Rob. The old Cotton Candy question.!
T. Cotton Candy is used in the USA as a grex name, from what I have heard.
These were T. Cotton Candy (http://registry.bsi.org/?genus=TILLANDSIA&id=8045#8045), Cotton Candy, Houston, etc.
Of course the name for registration was T. Houston (http://registry.bsi.org/?genus=TILLANDSIA&id=8115#8115).
These were registered by Mark Dimmitt in 1982.

In Australia there was what looked like the same plant being grown by Roly Reilly under the formula stricta X meridonalis (now recurvifolia), or the reverse formula. This was in the 80s/90s. Then he back crossed with the parents: T. meridonalis x stricta X meridonalis, etc. I have a friend who got heaps of these from Roly - all with slightly different formulas. These seedling were done in good numbers.

Of course Margaret Paterson also did her T. Southern Cross http://registry.bsi.org/?genus=TILLANDSIA&id=8285#8285.

Collectors Corner started importing numbers of 1000s of T. Cotton Candy Pink, and T. Cotton Candy Red some 10 or so years ago. Huge numbers of these have come into the country from this source. The T. Cotton Candy Red I called T. Houston, because it was similar to the T. Houston I had seen & very similar to the photo of Pam's on the BCR.

The plants from the nursery we get them from produces mainly vegetative offsets. On a visit I was shown that by selection of the pups there were different forms that had now stabilised (in large numbers) with names like T. Cotton Candy Compact. I was amazed at the way they sported and produced a stable variation. These are now in a Bunnings near you, with just the T. Cotton Candy label on them.

Then we have this very nice plant of what I thought was T. stricta as T. Cotton Candy Green - I didn't ask why it was considered a T. Cotton Candy.

So my answer for your plant is - it looks like one of the T. Cotton Candys. But it could be anything from the above - or something I don't even know about.
Nice plant though."


Updated 02/05/19