Tillandsia albida - Andy's Air Plants
Tillandsia albida - Andy's Air Plants

Tillandsia albida

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Tillandsia albida has a white appearance hence the specific/species name albida. It grows in xeric (hot dry) Desert conditions, and therefore has to reflect as much sunlight as it can to help conserve what little moisture it can absorb through its leaves in this harsh desert environments of Northern Mexico.

It is a caulescent or stem growing species that can get quite large or long, it produces pups or growths along the stem and can grow into sizeable clumps. The flower spike is long with red bracts and white flowers from yellow buds, very colorful.

All this makes Tillandsia albida along with other silver leaved Tillandsia's perfect for hot, sunny conservatories or sun rooms as long as they have the regular light misting and some air-movement.

I have some good sized plants with small pups on them.