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Soft-leaved wild-pine, Leatherleaf airplant
Tillandsia variabilis
Bromeliaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also accent epiphtye.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Epiphytic herb.
Dimensions:
6-12 inches in height. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Slow.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north to Martin, Okeechobee, Hendry and Collier counties; West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and South America. In the Monroe County Keys, known from only one island near Key Largo.
Habitats:
Moist forests and swamps.
Soils:
Epiphytic; grows on the trunks and branches of trees and shrubs.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows on nutrient poor substrate.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist substrate and high humidity and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Light shade.
Flower Color:
Greenish inflorescence.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Fall.
Fruit:
Green to brown capsule with hairy, wind dispersed seeds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and division.


 


George D. Gann
In habitat, Everglades National Park, 2013
George D. Gann
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton