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Catopsis nutans

Catopsis nutans (Sw.) Griseb.

Nodding Airplant, Nodding Catopsis, Nodding Strap Airplant

Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad family)

Synonym(s): Tillandsia nutans

USDA Symbol: CANU7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Heaviest bloom period is Aug - Oct.


Native Distribution: Known in North America only in Florida where it is listed as endangered.
Native Habitat: Epiphytic in shady, humid hammocks.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 56 - Save Floridas Bromeliads - A Method for Conserving Floridas Native Airplants (2020) University of Florida
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Catopsis nutans in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Catopsis nutans in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Catopsis nutans


Record Modified: 2020-10-28
Research By: CBR

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