Tillandsia myosura

Mouse tail air plant

Tillandsia myosura

Mouse tail air plant

  • Epiphyte from subtropical South America
  • Forms roundish tufts
  • Suitable for moderately dry terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia myosura is native to subtropical areas of Peru, Bolivia, northern Argentina and Uruguay and occurs as an epiphyte on trees. It is closely related to species like Tillandsia recurvata (Diaphoranthema group) and also forms stems with curved, distichous (arranged in two rows) leaves and many side shoots. Over time, a rounded, compact tuff of many shoots develops, up to about 20 cm wide. In the flowering season, thin, dark inflorescences appear with a few light yellow flowers at the end. The species takes its name from these (myosura = "mouse tail").

T. myosura belongs to the type of "grey tillandsias". These plants usually come from drier, more exposed places than the so-called green tillandsias. They often grow higher up in the treetops, in dry forests or even in deserts with a lot of fog. These atmospheric plants absorb water and nutrients from rain, mist and dust completely via the many absorbent scales on the leaves. The roots, if still present, serve as an adhesive organ. In culture, such tillandsias are tied or glued to hard materials such as wood or stones. The species prefers a very light, airy place. Spray the plants with soft water about two to three times a week. Dipping is also possible. After watering, the plant should be allowed to dry. Ideally, an orchid and tillandsia fertiliser should be added every second watering during spring and summer.

Propagation is simply done by dividing the tuft or separating individual shoots.

Tillandsia myosura is very different from many other common tillandsias. Just like the similar T. recurvata, it fits well with bare branches in not very lush terrariums with its somewhat moss- or lichen-like, round tufts. According to its origin, the species is suitable for subtropical terrariums with cooler winter temperatures.

Profile

Tillandsia myosura
Cultivation options Epiphytic or on rock (lithophytic)
Growth height approx. 6 - 20 cm
Temperature approx. 10 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Bright to sunny, no direct sun light at noon
Watering Spray every 2 - 3 days with soft, low-lime water, e.g. rainwater, or dip once a week
Fertilising In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation Formation of pups after flowering
Suitable for Moderately dry subtropical terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic or on rock (lithophytic)
Growth height
approx. 6 - 20 cm
Temperature
approx. 10 - 30 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Bright to sunny, no direct sun light at noon
Watering
Spray every 2 - 3 days with soft, low-lime water, e.g. rainwater, or dip once a week
Fertilising
In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation
Formation of pups after flowering
Suitable for
Moderately dry subtropical terrariums

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Item no.
192.0277.01
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Weight 0,01 kg
Shipping weight 0,02 kg

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