Tillandsia brachycaulos "abdida"

Abdida air plant

Tillandsia brachycaulos "abdida"

Abdida air plant

  • Rainforest Tillandsia from Central America
  • Uniform rosette formation
  • Turns red in good lighting
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Description

Tillandsia brachycaulos "abdida" is apparently a form of T. brachycaulos that was once traded as Tillandsia abdita, but this name denotes another species from Costa Rica. Tillandsia brachycaulos is a wonderful species native to the humid tropics from Mexico to Panama as well as Venezuela, growing as an epiphyte on trees. It was described in 1845 by Diederich Franz Leonhard von Schlechtendal, who named it after its short inflorescence (brachycaulos: short-stemmed). It is also known under the names T. bradeana, T. cryptantha and T. flammea, the latter name because of its property of turning its leaves from a shade of green to an intense red when exposed to sufficient sunlight.

T. brachycaulos "abdida" belongs to the green or rainforest Tillandsias that prefer a more humid environment than the so-called grey Tillandsias. Nevertheless, it is an "air plant" that can absorb water and nutrients entirely via absorbent scales on the leaves. The roots serve mainly as adhesive roots. The plant can be attached to a solid base such as wood or stone. It prefers regular humidification and grows best in a bright to semi-shaded area, in daylight cultivation without direct sunlight. Watering can be done by dipping as well as by misting. After watering, the plant should be allowed to dry off. Optimally, an orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser is added every second watering during spring and summer.
After flowering, the mother plant begins to form small offspring. These can be separated carefully from a size of about one third of the mother rosette. If they are not separated, they grow together to form a larger clump.

T. brachycaulos "abdida" can be integrated wonderfully into larger rainforest terrariums. It can be cultivated especially well on branches or in rock crevices. When flowering occurs, several violet coloured flowers often appear.

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Tillandsia brachycaulos "abdida"
Cultivation options Epiphytic (tying on, sticking)
Growth height up to 20 cm
Temperature approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Semi-shade to sunny; no direct sun
Watering Every 2 - 3 days per spraying or once a week by dipping with calcium-free water
Fertilising In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation Formation of pups after blooming
Suitable for Rainforest terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic (tying on, sticking)
Growth height
up to 20 cm
Temperature
approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Semi-shade to sunny; no direct sun
Watering
Every 2 - 3 days per spraying or once a week by dipping with calcium-free water
Fertilising
In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation
Formation of pups after blooming
Suitable for
Rainforest terrariums

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Our terrarium plants give every terrarium an individual, natural atmosphere and at the same time provide a healthy environment for all terrarium inhabitants. Our wide range of tropical, subtropical and even arid plants are easy to combine and enhance any terrascape. Whether it's strong succulents, subtle tillandsias, eye-catching neoregelias or wonderful orchids - we offer terrarium plants for different terrascapes from rainforest to desert.

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Item no.
192.0181.01
EAN
Weight 0,01 kg
Shipping weight 0,03 kg

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