Tillandsia edithae
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Tillandsia edithae
Species, Bolivia.
Ken Woods.
Ken Woods, caulescent form. 07/06
Mark Supple 12/10. Ex. D.Butcher.
"f. minor". Peter Tristram 12/10.
Ken Woods 02/11.
BSA meeting Comp. 12/11. Photo Sharon Song.
"Silver". Peter Tristram 12/10.
Peter Tristram 01/11. "Giant Silver form from Germany. 2x size and silver not grey."
Peter Tristram 01/17 Giant ex. Renate
Peter Tristram 01/17 Giant ex. Renate & mini
Peter Tristram 01/17 Giant ex. Renate & normal
Peter Tristram 01/17 Group photo
Peter Tristram ... "Blooming edithaes inspired me to get the camera out and do some portrait shots.
The Germans have collected so many forms of T. edithae some of which I have been lucky enough to obtain. Many are very slow growers though, compared to the vigorous clone most of us have. The form from Renate E is huge, for edithae and one pic shows it alongside a large plant of the usual form, another with a form which is quite small and compact, though differing considerably from the ‘forma minor’ forms from Lotte, now var. auraucariifolia I assume.
The group pic shows some of the imports from Germany with the giant RE plant in bloom as a guide."
Peter Tristram 01/13. From 2010 trip to Germany. Dark emerald green leaves, slightly different from the other ‘green’ forms I have imported a few years ago. I have noticed that they all prefer some shade and are quite slow growing. Maybe the green forms grow on shady cliffs.
Peter Tristram 01/13. Large form, Los Negros.
Peter Tristram 01/17. Very small form.
Peter Tristram ... "This interesting edithae, a compact, small form mentioned in the first post, came in without a tag or the tag moved during Q. I first thought it might be T. nana but the bloom shows differently."

Chris Larson ... "I think even more important than using "T." instead of "Tillandsia", is this issue of calling it T. edithae or T. edithiae – I do this too – my tags all have T. edithiae. Ever since Len Colgan highlighted that T. edithae was wrongly described considering ICBN rules, I have been spelling it T. edithiae (with "iae"). I note that the Taxon List currently calls it T. edithae.
If it was described without applying the rules properly, is T. edithae still correct? Or is T. edithiae (with iae ending) still correct?"
Peter Tristram ... "Good point, Chris. From memory Harry Luther proposed the change to edithiae but it was left as edithae because it was less hassle given the length of time that the incorrect Latinisation had been used. I know I changed labels but reverted to the old spelling some time ago now. I am sure Derek will add to the discussion! As to your last question, I have no idea."

Updated 27/03/17