Tillandsia pseudomicans
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Tillandsia pseudomicans
Len Colgan 03/13
George Nieuwenhoven 04/17 ex. Butcher
Len Colgan .... "T. pseudomicans is not really common in Australia, I suspect, but I guess it has been brought in from Germany over the years. It comes from Peru."
Bruce Dunstan 12/18 ex. Derek Butcher



Tillandsia pseudomicans W Rauh Sp. nova Trop Subtrop Pflanz. 12: 21-27. 1974
Planta breviter caulescens, florifera ad 20 cm alta. Folia 10-12, erecta, apicibus arcuato-reclinatis. Vagina inconspicua, 4-5 cm longa, 2,5-3 cm lata, brunneo-lepidota. Lamina 10 15 cm longa, supra vaginam 2 cm lata, involuta, appresso-denso-cano-lepidota, anguste triangulata, apice subulato. Scapus inflorescentiae 8-10 cm longus, arcuato-patens, 5 mm diametiens, laxe lepidotus. Folia scapi imbricata, longiora quam internodia, scapum omnino involventia, foliis similia, laminis longis cano-lepidotis. Inflorescentia simplex, complanata, 3-5 (-10) flora, 4-5 (-10) cm longa, usque ad 2 crn lata. Bracteae florales imbricatae, distichae, 2,5-3 cm longae, rhachidem excavatum obtengentes ecarinatae, coriaceae, rubescenti-brunneae, cano-lepidotae, sepala superantes. Sepala 1,5- 1,8 cm longa, viridia, posteriora carinata ad 2 mm connate, apicibus acuminate, fere glabra. Petala rubra, 2,5 cm longa, 4 mm lata, lingulata, apicibus patentibus. Stamina et Stylus inclusa.
Habitat: Peruvia, in valle Apurimac inter Andahuaylas et Abancay (Dptm. Apurimac), 2200 m. s.m.
Holotypus: Rauh, Nr. 25945 (Sept. 1970) in herbario inst. bot. system. heidelbergensis (HEID).
T. pseudomicans a T. micans L. B. Smith differt caule minore, bracteis floralibus
cano-lepidotis, margine non membranaceis et petalis brevioribus angustioribus rubris.

Translated from German by Derek Butcher
Plant short caulescent, flowering to 20cm high, leaves 10 – 12, erect, apiculate, curved and bent downwards.
Leaf Sheath indistinct, 4 – 5cm long, 2.5 to 3cm wide, brown lepidote.
Leaf Blade 10 – 15 cm long, 2cm wide next to sheath, rolled inwards, appressed dense grey scaled, narrow triangular, subulate tip.
Scape 8 – 10 cm long, bent-spreading, 5mm diam. laxly lepidote.
Scape Bracts imbricate, longer than the internodes, enveloping the whole stem, similar to the leaves, long blade, grey lepidote
Inflorescence Simple, complanate, 3 – 5 (-10) flowered, 4 – 5 (-10) cm long, to 2cm wide.
Floral bracts imbricate, distichous, 2.5 to 3cm long, covering over the pitted rhachis, not keeled, leathery, reddish-brown, grey lepidote, exceed the sepals.
Sepals 1.5 to 1.8 cm long, green, posterior ones carinate and joined for 2mm, acuminate, tipped, almost glabrous.
Petals red, 2.5cm long, 4mm wide, tongue-shaped, tips spreading.
Stamen & Style included.
Holotype Rauh Nr. 25945 (Sept. 1970) HEID
Habitat Apurimac valley between Andahuaylas and Abancay (Dept. Apurimac) Peru 2200m

Differs from T. micans by
1. Plant stem smaller
2. Floral bracts grey lepidote
3. Floral bract edges not membranous
4. Petals shorter, more narrow and red not white.


Updated 20/04/21