Tillandsia minutiflora
Was Tillandsia bryoides

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Tillandsia minutiflora
See DI02/14: A Key to Tillandsia subgroup diaphoranthema.
Was called Tillandsia bryoides. See notes below.

Ken Woods 09/04.
Bob Hudson 12/11.
Peter Tristram 05/14* pedicellata on left, minutiflora on right.

Was called Tillandsia bryoides. Note from Derek Butcher 22/12/11.
"HOT OFF THE PRESS
Many of you grow T. bryoides. Some may have wondered why this is referred to as T. bryoides auct. Now auct means according to the author and I often wondered who the author was because usually we see the name of the person who described the plant with the plant name. Whenever you see auct you realise that the plant name is a problem.
WELL, the problem has now been solved and the plant is now called T. minutiflora Donadio.
Walter Till was involved with the name change so there should not be any immediate challenge to the new name. I rather liked 'Bryoides' if only because of the way it drips off your tongue but alas you will have to change your labels. A 4 page explanation will be part of the next DVD so you can brag to non Tillnuts about the reason for the change of name."

* Peter Tristram 26/05/14 pedicellata (on the left) with the flower stems and minutiflora without - some seed pods on both though, so the base of the pod is the end of the flower stem. This is a small form of minutiflora. Most of the world still calls this little beauty bryoides even most of the Europeans! It's look-a-like, pedicellata, still keeps its name but has a short flower spike and minutiflora doesn't.

Bob Hudson 05/14.
Peter Tristram 05/14 at Heidelberg on left, Lotte Hrondric's on right.

Rob Hudson 22/05/14 "Here are two Tillandsias and I know one has a name change, or do both have the name change?????
The one on the left is one I have been growing for quite some time now and the other I obtained from Brenton 2yrs ago."

Terry Davis 22/05/14 "Very nicely grown plants Tillandsia bryoides is now named Tillandsia minutiflora."

Peter Tristram 22/05/14 "Most of the world still calls this little beauty bryoides – even most of the Europeans! It’s look-a-like, pedicellata, still keeps its name but has a short flower spike and minutiflora doesn’t. Good to see it thriving in the tropical north!"

Bob Hudson 23/05/14 "Are they both Tillandsia minutiflora ??? why I ask is one is 5x larger than the other."

Peter Tristram 23/05/14 "Bob, only one has a flower spike! The larger one has the right ‘look’ though. I’ll take some pedicellata pics and post."

Derek Butcher 23/05/14 "As you say, they look different in size. But one has flowered and the other shows no sign of flowering. Tillandsias are mostly terminal flowerers and therefore stop growing when they flower and give offsets. I guess the long one has acclimatised to your conditions and wants to grow not flower. I would suggest you use the current name T. minutiflora. If you look at the history of Diaphoranthema names you will see they change as often as underwear."

Peter Tristram 23/05/14 "This species comes in many sizes, from tiny to monster (for minutiflora!) – see the pics I took at Heidelberg BG and Lotte’s. T. pedicellata varies a lot too."


Updated 23/10/16