Tillandsias come in an assortment of different shades of pink, orange and red. The leaves of most Tillandsia are narrow and pointed. They hail from a very wide territory stretching from the south of the United States to the north of Argentina, in rainforests and deserts. The thin-leaved, green variety grow in the rainy areas and the thicker grey-leaved varieties in drier zones. Most Tillandsias are air plants (epiphytic) and grow on trees or rocks (lithophytic). It was Carolus Linnaeus who named this plant in 1753 after the Swedish botanist Elias Tillands (1640-1693) (professor at the Abo University in Finland).Scroll through the examples here to see even more examples of Tillandsia.

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