Tillandsia araujei
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Tillandsia araujei

Ian Hook, Sydney 11/02.
Ken Woods. Probably a hybrid. 08/04
Chris Larson 05/18 Giant form
Ken Woods 02/09.
Ken Woods 05/11.
Peter Tristram 04/12. From Germany.
Bruce Dunstan 03/18 T. sp. aff. araujei Selby
Bruce Dunstan ... "First flowering for me of this plant. Peter Tristram told me he got it from Harry Luther. The foliage is quite distinct and reminds me a little of T. burle-marxii more than the other forms of T. araujei I grow."
Justin Lee ... "Nice little plant, Bruce."
Peter Tristram ... "I am sure this ‘nice little plant’, as Justin accurately commented, has a species name now. I got it from HEL ages ago. It is like a giant araujei, with leaves like armour plating, though I haven’t compared it to the description – next blooming! There’s a photo in the dvd - T. araujei MSBG1986-0084A. I wonder if it’s this plant?"
Rob Bower 01/19
Rob Bower ... "araujei ??"
Rob Bower ... "Hi Rob, very nice clump. This looks like what I have been growing as araujei but last year during flowering time Barry Gen told a Tillandsia meeting it is tenufolia v. saxicola. Would anyone else like [ perhaps Derek] to elaborate on this."
Derek Butcher ... "How long is a piece of string? All tenuifolias are said to have an inflorescence about the length of the leaves. T. araujei is said to exceed. Eric Gouda loves this group and has a key- see attached. When I grew var saxicola it had a longish peduncle but araujei was generally longer!"

Key to T. tenuifolia group by E Gouda Jan 2002
1.Spikes excluding petals 1.8-2.5 cm long. Petals 1.6 cm long. Filaments adnate to the petals => T. pardoi
1. Spikes 2.5-5.5 cm long. Petals 2-3.3 cm long. Filaments free => 2
2. Sheaths very broadly ovate. Sepals oblong => T. cocoense
2. Sheaths deltoid. Sepals lanceolate => 3
3. Leaves 7-15 cm long. Spikes subdensely flowered. Floral-bracts just exceeding the sepals => T. tenuifolia
3. Leaves up to 7 cm long. Spikes laxly flowered. Floral-bracts much exceeding the sepals, to exceeding the sepals => 4
4. Plant caulescent clustering and forming dense rooting, single plant to 9 cm tall 5-6 cm in diameter, not dense. Floral-bracts much exceeding the sepals (ca. ¼), the upper with very few scales near the apex. => T. hofackeri
4. Plant long caulescent with enlarged apices which fix them to rocks, flowering 15-30 cm tall, dense. Floral-bracts exceeding the sepals, glabrous => T. araujei


Updated 02/05/19