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Twisted wild-pine, Potbelly airplant
Tillandsia paucifolia

Copyright by: Liza McCain, 2014
Big Pine Key, Florida, USA

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also accent epiphtye.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Epiphytic herb.

Dimensions: 4-6 inches in height; up to 10 inches in flower. Usually taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to Brevard, Osceola and Charlotte counties, but very rare north of Lake Okeechobee ; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Moist forests and swamps.

Soils: Epiphytic; grows on the trunks and branches of trees and shrubs.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows on nutrient poor substrate.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Light shade.

Flower Color: Tubular, lavender flowers emerge from pink bracts.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy inflorescence, about 3" long.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

Fruit: Green to brown capsule with hairy, wind dispersed seeds.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and division.

Copyright by: Liza McCain, 2014
Big Pine Key, Florida, USA

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2013
Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, USA

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Liza McCain, 2015
Big Pine Key, Florida, USA

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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