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Twisted wild-pine, Potbelly airplant
Tillandsia paucifolia

Copyright by: Liza McCain, 2014
Big Pine Key, Florida, USA

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

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Epiphytic herb.

Dimensions: 4-6 inches in height; up to 10 inches in flower. Usually taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to Brevard, Osceola and Charlotte counties, but very rare north of Lake Okeechobee ; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of suggested ZIP codes from South Florida north to southern Brevard, Osceola, Polk, and Pasco counties.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

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: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Light shade.

Flower Color: Tubular, lavender flowers emerge from pink bracts.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy inflorescence, about 3" long.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

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

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and division.

References: Hammer 2004

Copyright by: Liza McCain, 2014
Big Pine Key, Florida, USA

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2013
Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, USA

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Liza McCain, 2015
Big Pine Key, Florida, USA

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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