Tillandsia gardneri var. rupicola
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Tillandsia gardneri var. rupicola
Ken Woods.
David Sheumack plant, photo Ken Woods.
Peter Tristram 10/14
Stephen Haines 10/14
Peter Tristram ... "Every year some plants of the fabulous T. gardneri var. rupicola bloom in late winter/early spring, in my collection. The species was introduced into horticulture back in the ‘80s and most of my stock was imported back then. More recently I obtained 2 more forms – Alba, so I assume white flowers, from Germany (yet to bloom) and Purple, so I assumed purple something, from a Florida nursery (at great expense I might add). Now, anyone who knows this species will know it is not exactly a red-flowering Brazilian, more a purple/lilac flowering Brazilian, originally described in 1982 and having petals that are ‘pale violaceo-roseate’ (awkward translation from the Latin I think) with a white corolla. All of the normal T. gardneri that I have ever seen, including the ones that look like intergrades with chapeuensis, have had red flowers, though, in the description they are described as ‘rose or pale lavender’.
So how are the three pictured different? Yes they are! Which one is the expensive ‘rarity’ from a Florida nursery? Hopefully some seed has been set as all three are different clones, though I haven’t had a lot of success with this species in the past."
Derek Butcher ... "You did not mention the delicious 11 pages of info on the DVD. Elton tells us that it grows with T. neglecta which is probably the cause for differing petal colour. I am guessing that self set seed from var rupicola will produce variability."

Peter Tristram 08/17, v. rupicola Alba
Peter Tristram ... "I have waited quite a few years to see whether Lotte’s T. gardneri var rupicola Alba indeed was a white flowered form. The plant looked to be a seedling too though could also have been a very small pup growing out. I was dubious when pinkish bracts appeared but, when a white flower appeared about a week ago, my doubts were forgotten. I waited for a second flower before taking these snaps. I have a couple of others from a later trip so hope they will also prove to be ‘Albas’.
A more pressing question for me is what the dna will show, as to whether this beautiful species is really a species in its own right not a variety of gardneri."

Updated 03/10/17