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Tillandsia setacea (Southern needle-leaf)
Cressler, Alan

Tillandsia setacea

Tillandsia setacea Sw.

Southern Needle-leaf, Needle-leaf Airplant, Needle-leaf Wild Pine

Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad Family)

Synonym(s): Tillandsia tenuifolia

USDA Symbol: tise

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

Tillandsia setacea has very narrow, needle-like leaves compared to other North American members of its genus. It 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 native of tropical America Some have been introduced into other warm regions and cultivated for use as ornamentals or for their edible fruit.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov



Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-03-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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