Giant Air Plant (Tillandsia utriculata) in the Air Plants Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 - 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Leaves are typically gray, gray-green, or white
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Terrariums
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: Consistent warm temps
Depth to plant seed: No depth. Attaches to tree bark
Other info: Probably requires flasking, like orchids
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Other: This plant is typically a monocarpic plant. Offsets are extremely rare
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

Seedlings from winter 2017 natural seed release growing attached

Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 8, 2011 5:28 PM

Tillandsia utriculata is native to Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United States. The Giant Air Plant is the largest in the Bromeliaceae family, with some specimens reaching 3 feet in height with a spread of almost 3 feet. The foliage is silver/gray in color and the small, inconspicuous pale-yellow blooms are borne on 3 to 4 foot long spikes. It is found in the U.S. from Central Florida southward through the Florida Keys. Like other Bromeliads, it is an epiphyte, using the tree as its host and receiving nutrition from leaf litter and moisture from rain. Tillandsia utriculata is a threatened species due to overcollecting as well as habitat destruction in central and south Florida. It is also listed on the Florida endangered species list due to destruction by the Mexican Bromeliad Weevil.

There was a very large specimen in an oak tree in my neighbor's backyard, but unfortunately the last two extremely cold winters killed it.

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