Tillandsia seleriana

Rhino horn

Tillandsia seleriana

Rhino horn

  • Large epiphyte with conspicuous pseudobulb
  • Grows to about 18 - 23 cm in height
  • Ideal for drier mountain forest terraria
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Description

Tillandsia seleriana is an unusual bromeliad from Central America. This large Tillandsia grows in mountain forests from southern Mexico to Nicaragua as an epiphyte on tree trunks, singly or in smaller tufts. The leaves are strongly spatulate at the base and form a false bulb. The leaf tips are bent upwards, hence the English name "Rhino horn". The individual plant is about 18 to 23 cm tall. Tillandsia seleriana is an ant plant (myrmecophyte); in natural habitats, specialised symbiotic ants nest in the pseudobulb. However, ants are not necessary for cultivation. After a few years, an inflorescence with purple flowers appears. After flowering, one or more pups form at the base before the mother rosette dies.

Tillandsia seleriana is classified as a "Grey Tillandsia". These "air plants" mostly come from drier places and absorb water and nutrients from rain, mist and dust completely via the many absorbent scales on the leaves, even from very humid air. The roots, if still present, serve as adhesive roots. In cultivation, such Tillandsias are tied or glued to solid materials such as wood or stones. The light requirement is high. Higher humidity is favourable, but the air must not be very humid all the time and stagnate, because the plants must be able to dry off. Therefore "Grey Tillandsias" are not well suited for rainforest terrariums, or they need a drier, well ventilated place in them. One sprays Tillandsia seleriana with soft water two to three times a week. Dipping is also possible, but no water should remain in the leaf sheaths of the false bulb. An orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser can be added with every second watering. Propagation is done by cutting off the pups.

Tillandsia seleriana sets an unusual accent with its large, thick, grey-green, velvety-scaled leaf rosettes. If you want to imitate its natural growth habit, attach it to a vertical trunk or piece of bark, with the leaf tips pointing upwards like a rhinoceros horn.

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Tillandsia seleriana
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height Approx. 18 - 23 cm
Temperature 10 - 30 °C, ideally 18 - 22 °C
Humidity 50 - 70 %
Light requirement Bright, indirect light; cannot tolerate direct strong sunlight
Watering Regular misting with low-lime water, especially during the morning or evening hours
Fertilisation Once a month with special bromeliad fertiliser at half concentration
Propagation Pups formation at the base of the mother plant
Suitable for Small to medium-sized terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
Approx. 18 - 23 cm
Temperature
10 - 30 °C, ideally 18 - 22 °C
Humidity
50 - 70 %
Light requirement
Bright, indirect light; cannot tolerate direct strong sunlight
Watering
Regular misting with low-lime water, especially during the morning or evening hours
Fertilisation
Once a month with special bromeliad fertiliser at half concentration
Propagation
Pups formation at the base of the mother plant
Suitable for
Small to medium-sized terrariums

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