Tillandsia bulbosa

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Tillandsia bulbosa Hook.

Bromeliaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   10

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Arrangement: rosette
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: tubular
Fruit: septicidal capsule

82C / 7b4c9a 

Inflorescence: capituli

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Bromelianae
Ordo:
Bromeliales

Tillandsia bulbosa is a perennial.

Naming

Tillandsia bulbosa was described by William Jackson Hooker. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Tillandsia bulbosa is a species in the genus Tillandsia which contains approximately 713 to 777 species and belongs to the family of the Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad Family). The type species of the genus is Tillandsia utriculata.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 20 to 30 centimetres.

Leaves

Tillandsia bulbosa is evergreen. The dark-green, simple leaves are in rosettes. They are linear and sessile with entire margins and parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Tillandsia bulbosa produces capituli of purple tubular flowers from January to March.

The perennials produce septicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Tillandsia bulbosa is native to South Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Brazil and the West Indies.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on fresh to moist soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10). When cultivated as an epiphyte the plants are mounted on a piece of bark or a branch (e.g. Taxus or Thuja) and the roots are wrapped in Sphagnum moss..

In summer the plants prefer protection from hot midday sun.

Uses

The perennials are suited for cultivation in a temperate house. Suited for conservatories, as well as suited as indoor plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • For healthy growth apply a liquid fertilizer low in nitrogen at 25% concentration monthly during growth.
  • Mist daily in summer, mist once a week in winter.
  • temperature in winter should be 15°C.

Propagate by sowing in spring at 27 °C. Also by layering in spring.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Honeydew, galls and distorted leaves are a sign for an infestation with aphids. Use an insecticide or control biologically , e.g. with parasitic wasps or predators such as Aphidoletes aphidimyza.

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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