Tillandsia schusteri Click thumbnails for full size, scaled to a new window.
Len Colgan 10/13
Len Colgan..."Way back in the 1980s, I was fortunate to go by train from San Diego to Chula Vista in southern California to visit the charming Pamela Koide, who had just returned from a trip to Mexico with Wayne Schuster. I was even more fortunate to be able to purchase possibly the first sold plant of T. schusteri.
It has always been one of my favourite tillandsia species, with its gun-barrel grey leaves and scape bracts, rich red floral bracts, and pure yellow flowers. The only drawback is that it takes many years from one generation to the next for flowering, as the offsets are "semi-adventitious". But, on the positive side, it does produce a lot of such offsets, many of which I have distributed widely over the years." Chris Larson....."You are right about this plant. So many pups when they flower. Mine flowered 8 to 10 years ago and the pups arenít yet near maturity." Pamela Hyatt...."Great photo, I always like the contrast of the red spike and pale yellow/whitish flowers. You are right, it makes a lot of pups, on little stolens, but it is a very slow grower."