Tillandsia krukoffiana
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Tillandsia krukoffiana
Species, Bolivia.
Photo by Ken Woods, 10/05, Mike Symmons garden.
Richard Harper 07/09.
Peter Tristram 12/10. Selby clone, from Mike Symons.
Bruce Dunstan 11/03. This plant was from Peter Tristram, who got his original plant from Lotte. Like other clones of krukoffiana it produced large amounts of adventitious pups. Wider leaves and a felt like indument on the young leaves were two characters that made it different in my mind from the other two clones I have grown. The colour is close to real but showing a pinker colour to the more commonly grown clone.
Peter Tristram 11/13.
Peter Tristram ... "According to the database this plant comes from Chapare, Cochabamba, Bolivia (2000m but back up the range a bit to get that elevation). Attached is a comparative photo taken in June with the Selby plant that Harry gave me in 1998 at the rear. It is all over the place now. They look very different in foliage. I have at least 4 other krukoffiana-lookers from Germany that are finally beginning to flower. I think I need another acre of nursery..."
Len Colgan ... "Peter, for all it is worth, I collected this species near Mataral, west of Santa Cruz, a bit higher up that the locations of T. samaipatensis. This habitat is a long way from the location you mentioned. In fact, there is a creek at that spot, and if you walk along it for some time, you would find many different bromeliad species, especially tillandsias. If anyone ventures there, ..."
Peter Tristram (2013) ... "How great to see these lovely species in habitat! You've certainly seen some terrific habitats, Len.
The photo shows 5 plants from different sources and all slightly different in foliage and pupping. There are at least a couple of others, from Uwe Scharf and Petra Hensel, that I missed for the photo. Only the Selby and Hromadnik plants were actually named krukoffiana. I am sure at least a couple of the others will prove to be krukoffiana when they bloom but were invariably named samaipatensis when I got them. T. samaipatensis is quite a different looking species and nowhere near as generous with adventitious pups. The Germans don't seem to have bloomed any of them to know what they are so I will repot and fertilise generously and frequently and see how soon I can bloom them (Ethrel might help eventually too)!"
Peter Tristram (2016) ... "Some years ago, before the Australian government heard of Xylella, I imported a small pup of this form of T. krukoffiana from Lotte. It is much wider leafed than the usual form which I obtained from Harry Luther in 1988, my first visit to Selby Gardens, as a small adventitious pup. It is also much furrier when before mature leaves develop. I also find that Lotte’s plant cannot take full sun without burning. Many of you will have this lovely monster too. Unfortunately the big baby fell over a few times recently but it’s still a delight to see."

Updated 19/03/17