Hechtia glomerata Zucc.
Bromeliaceae (Airplant Family)
USDA Symbol: HEGL7
Plant to 18 dm tall; leaves in a dense spreading rosette, linear-lanceolate, the margins with approximate spines, densely covered with whitish or pale-brown scales on the lower surface; scape erect or ascending, slender, supporting a laxly compound inflorescence. Found in gravel and on sandstone formations in Starr and Zapata counties.
Guapilla is a xeric terrestrial bromeliad in the same family as pineapple. The rosette is evergreen, and has an interesting, spiraling form that makes it a great sculptural accent plant. This plant is hardy to about 18 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Dioecious
Size Notes: 0-1
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Gravelly, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Saline tolerant
BenefitUse Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Seeds-granivorous birds, Seeds-Small mammals, Cover
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1049 Collected 2007-06-14 in Starr County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hechtia glomerata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hechtia glomerata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hechtia glomerata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff