Tillandsia butzii

Butz's air plant

Tillandsia butzii

Butz's air plant

  • Rainforest Tillandsia from Central America
  • Snake-like curved, thin leaves
  • Widened rosette basis
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Description

Tillandsia butzii is an interesting epiphyte that is widespread in the humid tropics of Central America, from central Mexico to Panama in elevations of approx. 1000 - 2000 m. Similar to Tillandsia caput-medusae and T. bulbosa, it has snakelike curved leaves and a conspicuously thickened rosette base (pseudobulb). This species is also a so-called myrmecophyte: in nature, symbiotic ants nest between the broadened leaf bases of the pseudobulb. In cultivation, however, ants are not necessary. The upper part of the leaves is hard, thin and rolled up on the side. When the plant comes into flower, it forms a slender inflorescence with blue-violet flowers in a spike.

Tillandsia butzii belongs to the green or rainforest Tillandsias, which prefer a more humid environment than the so-called grey tillandsias. Nevertheless, it is an "air plant" that can absorb water and nutrients completely via absorbent scales on the leaves. The roots serve mainly as adhesive roots. The plant is attached to a solid base such as wood or stone. The species likes a bright location, but without blazing midday sun if grown in daylight. The plant should be watered regularly with soft water. This can be done by dipping as well as by misting. However, constant wetness between the leaf bases is not tolerated and the plant should be allowed to dry off between waterings. Ideally, an orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser should be added every second watering during spring and summer.
Like almost all Tillandsias, T. butzii also forms several daughter rosette at its base after flowering. These pups can be carefully separated from the mother plant when they reach a size of about one third. If they are not separated, they grow together to form a larger clump.

The rather small to medium-sized Tillandsia butzii is an exceptional looking epiphyte suitable for rainforest terrariums.

Profile

Tillandsia butzii
Cultivation options Epiphytic (tying on, sticking)
Growth height approx. 12 - 30 cm
Temperature approx. 20 - 28 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Semi-shade; no direct sun
Watering Moderately, once a week by spraying or 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, tropical mountain forest terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic (tying on, sticking)
Growth height
approx. 12 - 30 cm
Temperature
approx. 20 - 28 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Semi-shade; no direct sun
Watering
Moderately, once a week by spraying or 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, tropical mountain forest terrariums

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Item no.
192.0183.02
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Weight 0,01 kg
Shipping weight 0,02 kg

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