Florida Gardening forum: Tillandsia NOID for ID

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Feb 25, 2014 11:58 AM CST
I just got a bag of tillandsia from a lady who lives in S. Florida. She says they grow "all over the place", mainly on oaks and crepe myrtle trees, often along-side Spanish moss. However she doesn't know exactly what this tillandsia is. Can you ID it for me? My guess is that it is "Ball moss", T. recurvate, but I would like to know for certain so that I can properly label it. The first and last pics were done with flash and the middle two in natural (greenhouse) light. When dry, the leaves are grayish and when wet, they are light green. There are lots of spent bracts/blooms present, flower color unknown.


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Name: Ron
Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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rattlebox
Mar 10, 2014 7:28 PM CST
You can safely label the plants as Tillandsia recurvata, Ball Moss. No other Florida native bromeliad closely resembles it.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw205

Not as bad as Tillandsia setacea on my property, but yes, they are "everywhere".
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Mar 10, 2014 8:10 PM CST
I agree
It's considered an obnoxious and ugly growth here in Florida that is not of any interest as its everywhere. We have much better and mor attractive ones. Possibly folk in other parts of the world would find it interesting since it would not be common everywhere. I would be happy to sell you as much as you can find a market for, for 10 cents a piece plus shipping! HaHaHaHaHa!!!

Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Mar 10, 2014 8:39 PM CST
Thanks, David, but I have all I can use! But you are right about what's common to some is exotic to others. I could tell you story after story of people in other parts of the country longing to have what we in the south, what we consider mundane and common. Can you believe that people actually pay someone to ship them Spanish moss. H***, if you can sell Spanish moss, you can sell almost any tillandsia. LOL

I do have some other tillandsia (from FL), that is not the recurvata, being sent to me. I don't know if any of it will be labeled though. Are you expert in tillandsia, native to FL, and can accurately ID it? I may need to post pictures and have ID's put on it. I do like to know what I have.
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