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Reddish wild-pine
Tillandsia x smalliana
Bromeliaceae
 

Copyright by: George G. Gann, 4 February 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also accent epiphtye.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Epiphytic wildflower.

Dimensions: 6-12 inches in height. Usually taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Sporadic from Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north to Indian River, Hendry and Collier counties. Very rare in Broward County; known only from Fern Forest Nature Center and Pond Apple Slough.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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: Purplish

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy inflorescence.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Green to brown capsule with hairy, wind dispersed seeds.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and division.


Copyright by: George G. Gann, 4 February 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

Copyright by: George G. Gann, 5 March 2015
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

Copyright by: George D. Gann


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