Tillandsia roseiflora Click thumbnails for full size, scaled to a new window.
Peter Tristram 06/13. Labelled as brachyphylla
Peter Tristram 06/13. As 'grosse' form.
Peter Tristram ..."Winter is red Brazilian bloom time. These are 2 forms of T. roseiflora. The smaller one was imported by a few of us as brachyphylla many moons ago though there were doubts. Eventually it was described as T. roseiflora by Renate in the mid ‘90s. T. brachyphylla is extremely rare both in cultivation and in nature, occurring at only a couple of locations in Rio. The larger form I obtained in Germany (as ‘grosse’ form) and it hasn’t disappointed. It began to pup then all 3 buds bloomed. I think I will have months of pleasure admiring this plant. I imagine this group of species would prefer some protection in cooler climes. They seem easy to grow for me if protected from summer burn and given a feed now and then. They like reasonable humidity. More common ones are kautskyi and sprengeliana, mainly because of seedling production."
Chris Larson 08/13. Recent import.
Peter Tristram 06/17
Peter Tristram ... "This delightful Brazilian species was first introduced in Australia as T. brachyphylla, T. regnellii or T. organensis, from various sources in the US. I guess it could still be labelled by one of those names in older collections. Eventually the species was described by Renate Ehlers and William Weber so we knew what we had. It was many years before the other two species could be verifiably obtained, in Germany at that.
It has a close relative, T. heubergeri, also described by Renate, that differs mainly in having no branches and lepidote floral bracts and comes from the Chapada Diamantina area to the north. T. roseiflora grows much further south. Both are adorable!
Some folk, including Barry G, Nev R and me, have been growing T. roseiflora from seed for some years so many clones are starting to get around these days. I am busy cross-pollinating the plants already in flower and awaiting some other nice Tills to blooms to hybridise with. I am particularly keen to cross it with T. gardneri var. rupicola."