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Tillandsia usneoides

Posted by garyfla 10 Florida (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 19, 08 at 7:19

Is there more than one species of this plant or just closely related species?? Color varieties??
I have one called Flowering Spanish moss can find no reference by this name.
One more ??? about this species. I'm curious as to why it is so common in the south and northern florida yet almost disappears south of the lake?? Yet it so easy to grow here. What's the big difference ?? thanks gary

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RE: Tillandsia usneoides

Gary, there is one other color variant called 'Spanish Gold' due to it's yellow petals. Check out the short article on "Uncle Derek says" on the FCBS.
I'm not sure how many forms there actually are (I grow 6 different) but it couldn't be more than 10 I'd think. I can't answer your other question since I'm way over here.

RE: Tillandsia usneoides

Thanks for the info. One more question are they really separate species or just color varients?? How can you research Tillandsia without hundreds of species?? I can't find any subspecies within usneoides.
What is the FCBS?? gary

RE: Tillandsia usneoides

Gary, usneoides has no subspecies, just different forms. These are caused by the different climatic conditions in the areas from where they exist. The Spanish Gold is the only color variant. I don't understand your question regarding researching tills without 100's of species? The FCBS is THE site to go to when looking for photos (and other tidbits of info) on/of bromeliads.

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