Tillandsia Penito Click thumbnails for full size, scaled to a new window.
cv. of ionantha.
Ian Hook, Sydney, 03/08.
Ray Clark 01/17
Ray Clark ... "Chris, you've piqued my interest with your feedback on ionantha imported into this country. I have 'Penito' and 'Fuego' amongst others. Pictured is 'Penito' which i picked up at the Adelaide conference in April 2009, seller unknown. What I find interesting is that I have never been able to mount it, it keeps falling over. I hung it a few years ago and it appears to have mutated into two plants, never flowered" Chris Larson ... "These ones are always a little floppy as they get older…….. I tend to grow them hanging down.
One thing of note with the plants we received under this name is that they do not seem to pup as readily from the base, as is the case with most other forms. Nearly always from on the side not near the base, up the top near the tip, & sometimes they dichotomise at the tip. So this plant is behaving typically.
In some cultural conditions these tend to flower regularly and do not get the size or the length."
John Olsen 5/18 'Cone Head' with 'Penito' on left
'Penito' John Olsen 5/18
'Penito' Chris Larson 5/18
John Olsen 9/5/18 ... Picture of my plants labelled as 'Cone Head' (largest one ~8cm) on right and 'Penito' on left. John Olsen 9/5/18 ... My 'Penito'. Rather similar to 'Cone Head' but larger and a touch redder. Chris Larson 9/5/18 ... 'Penito'. The plants we imported from Guatemala for quite a few years contained T. 'Penito' - I have seen 1000s. It was in no way similar to John's 'Cone Head'. It was always very large with succulent leaves. It is however similar to Rob's plant, though. It did vary a bit, and most elongated with age. Not that I am saying that Rob's plant (a photo of which is attached) is 'Penito' - but I couldn't argue against it.