Wild Florida Photo - Tillandsia utriculata

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Tillandsia utriculata

GIANT AIRPLANT

GIANT WILD PINE

SPREADING AIRPLANT

Florida native

Endangered Florida species

 

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, T. 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.

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

Other species of the Tillandsia genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Tillandsia fasciculata var. densispica  - CARDINAL AIRPLANT
  View  Tillandsia setacea - SOUTHERN NEEDLELEAF
  View  Tillandsia variabilis - SOFT-LEAVED WILD PINE
  View  Tillandsia balbisiana - NORTHERN NEEDLELEAF
  View  Tillandsia bartramii - BARTRAM'S AIRPLANT
  View  Tillandsia usneoides - SPANISH MOSS