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||flavoviolacea DBG 06/20
Tillandsia ‘Moonlight’ by Derek Butcher July 2013
This plant is becoming widely available around the world and has featured online in Planet Tillandsia as Tillandsia tricolor hybrid.
Hybridist is unknown and parents unknown and it is difficult to see how it got this unofficial name. But it is in commercial cultivation and needs a more definitive name. A better guess may have been T. schiedeana hybrid because in many hybrids with this as a parent you get bi-coloured petals – white at the top and purplish at the bottom. The problem was brought to our notice by Chris Larson of Melbourne and Margaret thought that ‘Moonlight’ was an apt name because of the pale part of the petals and I felt it was apt because of its dodgy origins! When in flower the plant is about 26cm high including the inflorescence.
Chris Larson ... "T. flavoviolacea has been newly described in the German Society Journal (DBG) June 2020.
My thoughts with regards to the DBG photo were not about T. Sesca (with which it is compared), but the commonly available T. Moonlight.
It looks a dead ringer. T. Moonlight also comes up true from seed. I can't see anything in the description to say not. Does anyone think otherwise?"