Tillandsia oaxacana

Oaxaca air plant

Tillandsia oaxacana

Oaxaca air plant

  • Epiphyte from mountain forests of Mexico
  • Dense rosette of many silvery grey-green leaves
  • Tubular violet flowers
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Description

This plant is also on the market under the invalid name "Tillandsia velickiana var. oaxacana". It remains to be clarified whether it is true T. oaxacana or the similar species T. velickiana, which is also mislabeled as T. oaxacana. Both species are grey tillandsias that occur in the south-western Mexican state of Oaxaca, among other places. They grow as epiphytes at 2000 - 3000 m altitude in seasonally dry areas. The narrow, silvery grey-green leaves are arranged in dense rosettes. During the flowering period, a short inflorescence develops with light-reddish bracts and long, tubular, purple flowers.

Tillandsia oaxacana and T. velickiana are classified as a "grey tillandsia". These 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.

Like almost all tillandsias, T. oaxacana and velickiana also form several pups at its base after blooming. These 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 tuft.

This relatively small tillandsia from Mexican mountain forests looks decorative with its many-leaved rosettes. It fits well in small to medium sized dry forest and tropical mountain forest terrariums.

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Tillandsia oaxacana
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height approx. 10 - 12 cm
Temperature approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Bright to half-shady
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 Dry forest and moderately dry tropical mountain forest terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
approx. 10 - 12 cm
Temperature
approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Bright to half-shady
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
Dry forest and moderately dry tropical mountain forest terrariums

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