Tillandsia Curly Top
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Tillandsia Curly Top
cultivar of T. ionantha that was selected by Chris Larson from stock held at Gardenworld, Victoria, Australia. Origin is somewhat clouded because this company did import from Alfred Lau in Mexico and later from sources in Guatemala. Known for its extra curly leaves, if grown in the tropics or a humid glasshouse. Mature size is to about 15cm high and 9cm wide. In dry heat conditions it tends to mature sooner, flower smaller and the curly leaves are not as pronounced. Registered by C Larson 3/2011 Ionantha Group
Bob Hudson 12/12
Ray Clark 12/16
Ian Cook 12/16
Derek Butcher
Chris Larson ... "Some plants when grown in some conditions, will produce different foliage. Check the BCR to see what the plant looked like when Margaret got it from Collectors Corner. The dry Adelaide environment is not condusive to the elongated growth - at least with this plant. To reach a large size often these plants need to grow for a number of years before they flower.
Sometimes the plants flower earlier and the effect is not realized. If the pups are taken back to the original environment it should revert to that other growth - where other forms are not likely to.
Note that this plant has, for a few generations, not shown the attributes it had when I gave it to Margaret. That shows that it probably will continue in this manner unless the factors which caused it to grow like that in the first place are restored.
Still a nice little plant."
Adam Bodzioch 11/18*
Adam Bodzioch ... "as ionantha Lau , Mex (the flat one) courtesy of Chris Larson."
Chris Larson ... "This one has the potential to grow into T.ionantha Curly Top. Something I didnít know when you got yours from me. It should be named so.
The history :-
Sourced from Lau before my time at Collectors Corner Ė early 90s.
There was one I pulled aside and gave to Bob Hudson quite a few years back which he called T. 'Curly Top'. As with all of these ionanthas they will react under certain circumstances in a particular way. (You will note neoregelias look different in the tropics than they do in the southern climates as well)
Then I noticed some that have a tendency to have pups which are very flat. So I pulled these aside.
Later I found these flat ones grow into the T. Curly Top.
The relevance to this story is that I think these plants are both the same. And (I think) Bob has parted with his as T. Curly Top & I have parted with T. ionantha (flat one or without calling it anything). So I think they should all be called T. Curly Top."

Updated 31/03/19