Botanical and Cultural Adventures

Botanical and Cultural Adventures

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tillandsia streptophylla

Tillandsia streptophylla is an interesting and cool bromeliad found in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico.  The common name for this plant is the 'Shirley Temple plant' because of the way that the leaves curl.  Like most bromeliads it is a variable species, but all are soft and velvety and have the nice pink blush when it blooms.  Plants will vary in size and the character of the leaves (width, character of the curls, etc).  The leaves of all of them will curl tighter when the plant is experiencing dry conditions and will unfurl when well watered.  As is the case with many Mexican bromeliads they experience a prolonged dry season.  It is simply amazing that these plants can thrive through such long droughts while growing on the trunks of trees since their roots do not have access to the moisture present in soil.

Tillandsia streptophylla