An air plant with inconspicuous flowers in the axils of showy bracts, which are usually red.
This is the most common air plant (epiphyte), especially on Bald Cypress. Air plants get their nourishment from the air, rain, and minerals leached from the host tree. Among the 15 other erect species of Tillandsia that occur in Florida are: Ballmoss (T. recurvata), with narrow leaves forming grayish ball-like clusters on branches of deciduous trees, especially oaks; Needle-leaf Wild Pine (T. setacea), with very narrow, needle-like leaves; T. pruinosa, with a distinctive coat of hoary scales, and Giant Wild Pine (T. utriculata), the largest species in the United States, with leaves reaching 2 (60 cm) in length and a flowerstalk up to 6 (1.8 m) tall. The flowers are white.
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