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Tillandsia recurvata (L.) L.
Small ball moss, Ball moss
Synonym(s): Diaphoranthema recurvata, Renealmia recurvata
USDA Symbol: TIRE
Ballmoss is a member of the bromeliad or pineapple family (family Bromeliaceae). Bromeliads are epiphytic (rarely terrestrial) scurfy herbs, with generally stiff, long leaves and flowers, often in long clusters with conspicuously colored bracts. The family contains about 59 genera and more than 1,300 species, mostly natives of tropical America. Some have been introduced into other warm regions and cultivated for use as ornamentals or for their edible fruit.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Violet
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, TX Native Distribution:
Florida and southern Georgia, south Texas, and southern Arizona, with a disjunct population in central Louisiana. South through Mexico and Central America to South America as far south as Argentina.
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1009
Collected Jan 10, 1995 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0310
Collected Mar. 7, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0465
Collected Jun 29, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MM-717
Collected 2010-01-27 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2010-09-04
Research By: TWC Staff