Tillandsia oblivata L.Hrom.
Tillandsia oblivata is a succulent perennial.
Tillandsia oblivata was described by Lieselotte Hromadnik. The name is considered as validly published.
Tillandsia oblivata 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.
Tillandsia oblivata is evergreen. The yellow-green, simple leaves are in rosettes. They are linear, entire and sessile.
Flowers and Fruits
Tillandsia oblivata produces spikes of purple tubular flowers.
The perennials produce septicidal capsules.
Tillandsia oblivata is native to Peru.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on fresh to moist soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1Â°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.
Maintenance and Propagation
- For healthy growth apply a liquid fertilizer low in nitrogen at 25% concentration monthly during growth.
- Mist regularly in summer, mist less in winter.
- temperature in winter should be 14 to 16Â°C.
Propagate by sowing in spring at 27 Â°C. Also by layering in spring.
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.
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