Tillandsia kammii

Kamm's Tillandsia

Tillandsia kammii

Kamm's Tillandsia

  • Epiphyte from Central America
  • Dense silvery grey-green leaf bushes
  • Up to about 15 cm high
  • Short red inflorescence, purple flowers
  • Suitable for tropical dry forest terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia kammii is a very decorative, relatively small epiphytic plant densely covered with many silvery grey-green leaves. It was named after its discoverer E. Kamm and described as a new species by W. Rauh in 1977. The species is native to Honduras and El Salvador. It occurs singly or in groups as an epiphyte on trees in a tropical savannah climate, at altitudes of 500 - 1200 metres, at temperatures of around 14 - 35 °C and with an annual rainfall of around 1400 mm. T. kammii differs from the similar species T. velutina and T. plagiotropica in having larger, more densely arranged trichomes (scales) and longer, narrower, more flexible leaves. The rosette of leaves is about 10 - 15 cm high, the leaves are groove-shaped in cross-section and silvery-velvety due to the dense scales. he wiry roots serve as a support when the plant comes into flower, a short inflorescence with bright red bracts and tubular purple flowers appears. After flowering, daughter rosettes develop, the mother rosette dies later.
Tillandsia kammii is protected by the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES Appendix II) alongside four other Tillandsia species. The T. kammii we offer originates from horticultural propagation and may only be traded within the European Union.

T. kammii is a xerophytic epiphyte. As a "desert" or dry tillandsia, it is one of the "grey" tillandsias and prefers a very light, airy place in the terrarium without permanent humidity. These "air plants" only absorb nutrients and water from the atmosphere with the help of many small suction scales on their leaves. The roots serve as an adhesive organ. The plant is attached to hard materials such as wood or stone. Spray the tillandsia two to three times a week with soft, dripping water or immerse it. In the meantime, it should be allowed to dry off. Ideally, an orchid and tillandsia fertiliser should be added every second watering during the spring and summer.
Like almost all tillandsias, this plant also forms several "pups" at its base after flowering. These can be carefully separated when they are about a third of the size of the mother plant. If they are not separated, they will grow together to form a larger cluster.

The densely leaved bushes of Tillandsia kammii look particularly beautiful as tufts on epiphyte branches, otherwise they can be attached to any surface such as back and side walls.The species can be integrated wonderfully into medium-sized, moderately dry to moderately moist terrariums that are modelled on tropical dry forests and savannah habitats.

Profile

Tillandsia kammii
Cultivation Options Epiphytic
Growth heigh Approx. 10 - 15 cm
Temperature Approx. 14 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 60%
Light requirement Bright light, no direct midday sun for daylight cultivation
Watering Soft water; approx. 2 - 3 times per week per spraying or once a week by dipping; allow to dry off between waterings
Fertilization In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation Formation of pups after flowering
Suitable for Tropical dry forest terrariums, savannah terrariums
Cultivation Options
Epiphytic
Growth heigh
Approx. 10 - 15 cm
Temperature
Approx. 14 - 30 °C
Humidity
At least 60%
Light requirement
Bright light, no direct midday sun for daylight cultivation
Watering
Soft water; approx. 2 - 3 times per week per spraying or once a week by dipping; allow to dry off between waterings
Fertilization
In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation
Formation of pups after flowering
Suitable for
Tropical dry forest terrariums, savannah 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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192.0267.03
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Weight 0,01 kg
Shipping weight 0,02 kg

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