|Scientific name: Tillandsia recurvata L.
Former names: Diaphoranthema recurvata (L.) Beer
Florida: Not listed as threatened.
this plant in Florida: None.
Southern U.S. (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico,
Texas), Mexico, Central America, West Indies, Argentina, Chile.
in Florida: All counties.
Occurrence in Florida: Common.
Habitat: Hammocks (usually on broad-leaved trees), pinelands and scrub; usually in brightly exposed habitats.
Epiphytic; grows to 12-18 cm (5-7 in.) tall, 15-18 cm (6-7 in.)
in diameter; rooted crown with cluster of curving stems and compact
mass of leaves resulting in ball-like growth; leaves stiff, narrow,
gray-green, not dilated at base (4-8 mm [1/8 - 1/3 in.] wide); 2-5
flowers, with blue to violet petals, on long stem growing from central
mass of leaves; seed capsule up to 2 cm (3/4 in.) long; several plants
often grow together in masses.
flowering: Spring - summer.
Coile NC. 2000. Notes on Florida's Endangered and Threatened
Bureau of Entomology, Nematology and Plant Pathology, Botany Section.
Contribution No. 38, 3rd ed., Gainesville, FL.
Florida Natural Areas Inventory.
1997. Matrix of Habitats and Distribution by County of
Species of Florida. Florida Natural Areas Inventory/The Nature
Long RW, Lakela O. 1976. A Flora of Tropical Florida.
Banyan Books, Miami. 178 p.
HE, Benzing DH. 2009. Native Bromeliads of
Florida. Sarasota, FL. Pineapple Press,
DB (ed.). 1979. Plants, Vol. 5. In: Rare and Endangered Biota of
Florida, P.C.H. Pritchard (ed.). University Presses of Florida,
Gainesville, 175 p.