Back in February, I began charting the bloom cycle of a Tillandsia Utriculata wedged among some branches in my backyard citrus tree. To refresh your memory, T.Utriculata is an endangered, native epiphyte; over the last 25yrs, their numbers have been decimated by Metamasius callizona, an invasive weevil from Mexico. Thankfully, my specimen has grown vigorously since the last time I posted about it. Take a look!
FYI: the final bloomspike measurement is a whopping 38″ long!
When large airplants finish branching, they become unwieldy, leaning away from the trunks where they’re anchored. On Saturday night at Riverside Park, we saw another one in the exact same pose:
“Leaning out” isn’t just about gravity, though; it heralds the start of T. Utriculata’s seed setting stage, which takes 9mos. to complete. When the seeds are ready (next Spring)they waft in the breeze until crossing paths with a suitable host tree or shrub.
You never know where an air plant will turn up! 🙂
If you’d like to read the previous posts in this series, click here!
Until next time…..
🙂 🙂 🙂
- Tillandsia – Choose the best one for you? (airplantshop.wordpress.com)
- Spanish Moss (treesinourlives.wordpress.com)
- DIY Tillandsia Decor (nbgideagardening.wordpress.com)
- Badass Bromeliad Society Tour (faroutflora.com)