Tillandsia ionantha
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Tillandsia ionantha
Birgit Rhode at Bromeliads XIII.
Ken Woods 12/06.
Ken Woods 06/09.
Derek Butcher 05/11. See -
Detective Derek 0511
Ian Hook, Sydney 05/04. Giant form, possibly 'Apretado'
Chris Larson 11/16 as var. maxima*
*Chris Larson ... "T. ionantha var maxima – imported as T. ionantha 'Huamelula' back in the early 90’s."
Alan Phythian 11/17
Bob Hudson 10/17
Bob Hudson ... "Another beaut T. ionantha. It should have a name [Apricot Crush?]. Note the very dark nearly black petals."


Tillandsia ionantha var. van_hyningii

Chris Larson 07/11.
Peter Tristram 10/14.
Nanette Collingwood 08/16
Chris Larson ... "Not often seen in colour & flower. Taken by me at Bob Hudson’s place during the World Bromeliad Conference."
Peter Tristram ... "The variety ‘van hyningii’ isn’t often posted and is slow growing plant. I gather it is not easy to find in Mexico now as the canyon where it grew is now a dam. Pam might know more. I have a few forms and Chris and I found a monster in Colombia at Gruber’s."



Tillandsia ionantha var. zebrina
See also T. 'Zebrina'.
In 1994 this was included into the definition of T. ionantha - from a Botanists view it fits within the range of ionantha.
Shortly after, it was included in the Cultivar Registry as T. 'Zebrina' by Derek Butcher
as there were sufficient horticultural differences to warrant "keeping the name alive".
Now listed as T. 'Zebrina' a cv. of ionantha.
Peter Tristram 08/11
Bob Hudson 12/12
Greg Aizlewood 09/14 as 'variegated form'


Tillandsia ionantha var. stricta

Peter Tristram 10/12.
Chris Larson 11/16 ex. Isley
Peter Tristram ... "This is what I got as T. ionantha Rosita in the mid '80s and what Chris sold (still sells) as v. stricta a few years ago. Very similar if not identical. I have Rositas from a few sources and they vary only in size but the overall shape and leaf density is pretty consistent, and reddness if grown bright. Chris has sold some that look like larger 'v. stricta' too.
Great plants anyway - never have too many! Too many ionantha forms to name them all!"
(Ed. - Note Pamela’s BSI Journal article of 1993, it says that the then proposed T. ionantha var stricta was created to apply to the previously named T. ionantha Rosita.)
*Chris Larson ... "T. ionantha var maxima – imported as T. ionantha 'Huamelula' back in the early 90’s."



Tillandsia ionantha –a guide to its Cultivars as at Mar 2018.
Input by Pamela Hyatt, Justin Lee and Derek Butcher.
See also Journal Brom. Soc. 43(4):161. 1993.
T. ionantha has a wide coverage in Derek's DVD. Just one of the notes is called 'Ionantha cultivars' and shows how difficult it is if you lose a label.
Hopefully this table will assist identification by placing all the registered cultivars in one place.
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Apretado BRT
BCR=#14772, photo: Pamela Koide-Hyatt. Bird Rock Tropicals. Slow growing and therefore large at flowering. 12cm high x 6cm wide
Apretado RFI
BCR=#14773, photo: Chris Larson. 1cm to 5cm high x 2cm wide. Rainforest Flora Inc. (See discussions this website 'Apretado')
Aurea Grandis
name used by Isley before changing to Sumo Size White
Beacon
BCR=#13693, photo: Xiao Kong
China
Black Beauty
BCR=#14120, photo: C. Sanchez-Mariscal
Philippines
Black Marmalade
BCR=#14632, photo: Woody Kaotun
Thailand
Charon’s Gem
BCR=#14085, photo: P. Pacharapong, Pachara Orchids
Thailand
Christmas Pink
BCR=#13221, photo: Jenny Lynn
N.Ryan, Australia
Corsa
BCR=#10141, photo: Derek Butcher
A form being distributed by the company Corsa SA in Europe and quite widespread and named in Australia
Cone Head
BCR=#8035, photo: Tillandsia International.
Seems different to other pics on BCR ?? (See also this website 'ConeHead')
(Not?) Cone Head
BCR=#8035, photo: Val Honeywood, Aus.
Koide said, "Another large cultivar of unknown origin" (See 'Hand Grenade', 'Pine Cone' and 'Huamelula').
Cupcake
BCR=#13232, photo: Andrew Flower
Andrew Flower in New Zealand
Curly Top
BCR=#10459, photo: Derek Butcher
Bob Hudson
Dragon Blood
BCR=#14194, photo: C. Sanchez-Mariscal
Philippines. See also Dragon Fire
Dream Boy
BCR=#13692, photo: Xiao Kong
China
Druid
BCR=#8060, photo: Dennis Cathcart
albino form, Mexico
Fire Up
BCR=#13730, photo: Jasmine Koh
Singapore
Fuego
BCR=#8091, photo: Pachara Orchids
from Guatemala, leaves stiffer than v. stricta
Fuego Yellow
BCR=#12733, photo: Hiroyuki Takizawa
see JBS Japan 2014
Gigante
BCR=#10142, photo: Jane Wu
from Isley 2010 seems similar to Apretado etc
Hand Grenade
BCR=#8105, photo: Dennis Cathcart
from Honduras – Cathcart
Haselnuss
BCR=#8107, photo: Jane Wu
name used in Germany - ?Peanut
Hawaiian Lavender
BCR=#13867, photo: Jerry Domingo
Hawaii
Hawaiian Red
BCR=#13678, photo: Jerry Domingo
Hawaii
Hedgehog
BCR=#12789, photo: Seth Charoenwong
From Thailand
Huamelula
BCR=#8116, photo: Pamela Koide-Hyatt
= v. maxima
La Muerte
BCR=#13390, photo: Jane Wu
China
Little Velvet
BCR=#14150, photo: Woody Kaotun
Thailand
Maui
BCR=#12639, photo: Terry Davis
Probably from Bob Okasaki, Hawaii
Mayan Flame
BCR=#14084, photo: P. Pacharapong, Pachara Orchids
Thailand
Mayan Pearl
BCR=#14060, photo: P. Pacharapong
Thailand
Mayan Regal
BCR=#14061, photo: P. Pacharapong
Thailand
Mayan Totem Pole
BCR=#12648, photo: Pachara Orchids
Thailand
Mayan Vase
BCR=#14038, photo: P. Pacharapong
Thailand
Methaporn Delight
BCR=#14495, photo: Warairak Charoenchan
Thailand. Variegated form of ‘Druid’
Mexican Pink
BCR=#13170, photo: Seth Charoenwong
Thailand.
Minnie
BCR=#10143, photo: Derek Butcher
named by Bob Hudson of Cairns. AU, for a very small form selected from a seed batch. Flowers at 3cm tall
Minnie White
BCR=#11748, photo: Bob Hudson
Named by Bob Hudson. Has been growing and stable for several years now(BH).
Monstrose
BCR=#12641, photo: Paul Isley
By Isley? links to Gary Hammer as Pachara Predator and the German ‘Kristate’?
Oriental Red
BCR=#14708, Fuego x Druid, China. photo:BCR
Pachara Predator
BCR=#12645, photo: Pachara Orchids
Monstrose
Peach
BCR=#8219
from Taxco Mexico
Peanuts
BCR=#8221
= v. stricta fa. fastigiata
Penito
BCR=#8224, photo:
large form similar to ‘Apretado’, from Bromelifolia, Guatemala. (See also this website 'Penito')
Pine Cone
BCR=#8229, photo: Dennis Cathcart
from Cathcart
Pink Champagne
BCR=#8230
ionantha x Druid. N.Ryan Qld
Pyramid
BCR=#12731, photo: Paul Isley
Isley
Red Rock
BCR=#13391, photo: Joe Zhang
China
Renate
BCR=#8253, photo: -/Chris Larson
variegated form – Other names given which seem only to be a variation in the actual variegation such as ‘variegata’, albomarginata’, and ‘Yuko Johnson’ in Taiwan for an almost albino
Renate
BCR=#8253, photo: -/Chris Larson
variegated form – Other names given which seem only to be a variation in the actual variegation such as ‘variegata’, albomarginata’, and ‘Yuko Johnson’ in Taiwan for an almost albino
Ron
BCR=#12909, photo: Paul Isley
Isley
Rosita
BCR=#8259, photo: Bob Hudson
= ionantha v. stricta
Rubra
BCR=#8263, photo: Andrew Flower
from Guatemala – more soft open rosette with a fluffy silver appearance
Ruby Black
BCR=#14631, photo: Woody Kaotun
Thailand
Scarlet Rose
BCR=#13952, photo: Grant Paterson
Qld – Grant Patterson
Small Mexican
BCR=#8283, photo: Pachara Orchids
from Alfredo Lau in the early 1990’s and widespread at least in Australia & New Zealand. As the name implies, flowers when quite small.
Sumo Size White
BCR=#10144, photo: Ron Jell
A large white flowered form named by Isley
Supattra's Glitter
BCR=#14751
P.Pacharapong. Thailand
Tall Velvet
BCR=#8297
name from Tillandsia International
Totem Pole
BCR=#10145, photo: Benedict Tay
from Isley – a large form similar to ‘Apretado’. Also known as ‘Fuego Totem Pole’
Tuti Fruiti
BCR=#13815, photo: Andrew Flower
NZ Andrew Flower
Two Tone
BCR=#12642, photo: Paul Isley
Possibly a Sport of ‘Fuego’ from Isley
Uncle Vuth Pearl
BCR=#14630, photo: Woody Kaotun
Thailand
White Knight
BCR=#13932, photo: Bob Hudson
From Holm in Germany. Was known as ‘Alba’
Zebrina
BCR=#8340, photo: Dennis Cathcart as 'Zebrina Mex'
a cultivar with light cross markings on the leaves

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Updated 05/09/18