Tillandsia ericii Click thumbnails for full size, scaled to a new window.
Chris Larson. 02/10*
Peter Tristram 05/13
* from Chris Larson: From Lotte (24024) in 1999, ex. Tarija, Bolivia.
It has an interesting habit of flowering from immature buds, in fact buds of any size.
Peter Tristram 01/15
Peter Tristram 07/18 ex. Bak
Peter Tristram 01/15 ... "seems to prefer more shade and moisture than the likes of T. xiphioides and is very slow-growing, generally only producing one pup too, which likely blooms the next year making removal difficult. The natural altitude is about 2000m so warm days and coolish nights would be likely." Peter Tristram 07/18 ... "If you ever get the opportunity to obtain a beautiful T. ericii, don’t hesitate. It’s a slow grower and tends to flower prematurely, though this pup grew to a good size. It’s another species that seed raising holds hope for better numbers. It selfs too, a good start. I expect hybrids of this to throw colour into the petals too." Bob Hudson (NT) ... "Great little Tillandsia a cool grower no doubt??" Andrew Flower (NZ) ... "I'd say it's more an intermediate grower - my plants were gown from seed Renate sent me, and whilst they grow ok in the cold house they flower much better in the heated growing-on house (not as warm as your conditions, of course!). You might have difficulty bringing in mature plants, and if you do then you should have a better chance if you grow them from seed (with respect to external temperature range the phenotypic plasticity that Lloyd Godman introduced the other day tends to be expressed quite strongly in seedlings - in my experience, anyway.)" Peter Tristram ... "Yes, I’d certainly agree – mild to warm suits T. ericii best – not too hot and not too cold. Note that the stigma are not protruding much, unlike in warm weather bloomings.
Nights in my main Till house are currently around 8C with a few closer to 4C a week or so back before the heater was fixed. There is plenty of pollen though.
Thanks, Lloyd, for mentioning this topic and Andrew for linking it to my mention of seed raising. There seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence among brom growers to support adaptive changes, especially in seed grown plants (epigenetic mechanisms leading to phenotypic plasticity - Have you studied this scientifically, Bertie, with controls, etc?). The science is well researched outside of broms, with a swag of great articles available through a simple search. It’s interesting that the DNA is altered but not at the critical level which determines what it is – species, etc. Sounds like a great TPE topic, Chris! Perhaps those among us with seed raising experience can add to the discussion, but best to follow on from Lloyd’s post I think." Chris Larson ... "T. erici does grow better (faster) a little warmer, but as expected from a plant originating in habitat, as an epiphyte, at 1800 to 2200 m alt in southern Bolivia, it grows well outside in Melbourne."