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Genus: Tillandsia

Tillandsia is a genus of the subfamily Tillandsioideae. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus after the Swedish physician and botanist Dr. Elias Tillandz (originally Tillander - 1640-1693). Tillandsia is the largest genus in Bromeliaceae, which is divided into eight subgenera: Allardtia, Anoplophytum, Diaphoranthema, Phytarrhiza, Pseudocatopsis, Pseudovriesea, Viridantha and Tillandsia. They have the widest geographic and habitat spread of all bromeliaceae genera and are native to the forests, mountains, swamps and deserts of northern Mexico and south-eastern United States, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean to mid Argentina.

Number of accepted species in this genus is 724 (source: species counts in the Encyclopaedia of Bromeliads).
Tillandsia carminea Photo by Renate Ehlers


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  • Encyclopaedia of Bromeliads
  • The New Taxon List
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