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Tillandsia seleriana

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Tillandsia seleriana Carl Christian Mez published in Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 8, 1901.

Rauh (1979) noted it “housed colonies of large biting ants.”

  Habitats: Mesic pine and oak forests at 270-2400 m. (886-7874 ft.)

  Range: Southern Mexico and Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras & Nicaragua.)

  Description. Average plant size is 15-20 (rarely 30) cm tall, often with a large root system and with the largest base of all species in its pseudobulbous clade, sometimes more than 15 cm (6 inches) across.  Truly the giant of its clade.

  The plant in the photograph below had a widest diameter of 10.2cm. (4”) yet it was surprisingly light, weighing only 146 g. (5.149 oz.) obviously because so much of its base is hollow.  Flower stalks and bracts have pretty pinkish to carmine shades; flowers are indigo.

  Although somewhat slow growing, with offsets needing perhaps three years to mature; by giving plants higher light levels with a correspondingly higher humidity, watering and fertilizer regime (within reason of course) one will encourage faster growth.  The species is water loving and very easy to maintain.

This specimen is sitting on an 8 cm (3.1”.) plastic pot of sphagnum moss.




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