Tillandsia ionantha "Huamelula"

Huamelula sky plant

Tillandsia ionantha "Huamelula"

Huamelula sky plant

  • Small Tillandsia from Mexico
  • About 5 - 8 cm high
  • Contrasting colours during bloom
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Tillandsia ionantha is a species originating from Mexico to Panama, which occurs preferably at altitudes up to 1800 metres. It grows as an epiphyte on trees in various dry to moderately humid habitats.
The species is variable; "Huamelula" is a local form from San Pedro Huamelula, Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. This is slightly larger than typical T. ionantha and is also known as T. ionantha var. maxima. In bright light, especially during flowering, the upper rosette leaves turn peach-red. The dark purple, tubular flowers form a unique contrast to this.

Tillandsia ionantha "Huamelula" belongs to the "grey" Tillandsias, also called "desert" or dry Tillandsias, and prefers a very light, airy place in the terrarium without permanent humidity. These "air plants" absorb nutrients and water from the atmosphere exclusively with the help of many small suction scales on their leaves. The roots serve as adhesive roots. The plant can be attached to solid materials like wood or stone. Spray the Tillandsie two to three times a week with soft water or immerse it. In between, it should be allowed to dry. Optimally, an orchid and tillandsia fertiliser is added every second watering during spring and summer.
Like almost all tillandsias, T. ionantha 'Huamelula' also forms several children at its base after flowering. These can be carefully separated from a size of about one third of the mother plant. If they are not separated, they grow together to form a larger clump.

T. ionantha "Huamelula" can also find a place in smaller terrariums thanks to its height of only about 5 - 8 cm. With its unique appearance, it is both an eye-catcher and an accent to other plants.


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