Wild Florida Photo - Tillandsia utriculata - Giant Airplant

Tillandsia utriculata 

Giant Airplant
Giant Wild Pine
Spreading Airplant

Florida native

Endangered Florida species

Volusia Co. FL 11/28/22
Sarasota Co. FL 12/08/07
Sarasota Co. FL 12/08/07
Collier Co. FL 08/01/08

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An epiphytic of hammocks and cypress swamps from Putnam and Flagler counties south through the peninsula. Also found in Georgia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The largest of Florida bromeliads, Tillandsia utriculata resembles T. fasiculata but generally has more recurved and thinner leaves without a keel-line on the lower surface. This species grows as solitary plants, not producing secondary plants or 'pups'. The flowering spike extends well above the leaves with the flowers having light green bracts and whitish petals. After flowering and seeding the plant dies.

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Tillandsia utriculata is a member of the Bromeliaceae - Bromeliad family.

Other species of the Tillandsia genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Tillandsia balbisiana - NORTHERN NEEDLELEAF
  Tillandsia bartramii - BARTRAM'S AIRPLANT
  Tillandsia fasciculata var. densispica  - CARDINAL AIRPLANT
  Tillandsia fasciculata var. clavispica - GIANT AIRPLANT
  Tillandsia floridana - FLORIDA AIRPLANT
  Tillandsia recurvata - BALLMOSS
  Tillandsia setacea - SOUTHERN NEEDLELEAF
  Tillandsia simulata - MANATEE RIVER AIRPLANT
  Tillandsia usneoides - SPANISH MOSS
  Tillandsia variabilis - SOFT-LEAVED WILD PINE

Date record last modified: Jan 31, 2023

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