Tillandsia setacea

Swartz

Flora Indiae Occidentalis 1: 593. 1797.

Synonyms: Tillandsia tenuifolia Linnaeus (in part)
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 22.

Plants densely clustering, flowering to 30 cm. Stems short. Leaves 15–30, many-ranked, finely appressed, erect, green to reddish green, 20–30 × 0.1–0.4 cm, uniformly scaly throughout; sheath rust-colored, broadly triangular, flat, not forming pseudobulb, 0.8–1.8 cm wide; blade very narrowly linear-triangular, ribbed, leathery, margins involute, apex filiform-attenuate. Inflorescences: scape conspicuous, erect, 8–15 cm, 2–4 mm diam.; bracts densely imbricate, erect; sheath of bracts, especially upper ones, narrowing abruptly into blade; spikes erect, palmate (rarely simple), linear, compressed, 1–4 × 0.5–0.6 cm, apex acute; branches 1–5. Floral bracts imbricate, erect, green or tinged red, broad (covering all or most of rachis, rachis not visible at anthesis), ovate, keeled only toward apex, 0.8–1.2 cm, thin-leathery, base not visible at anthesis, apex attenuate to acute, surfaces appressed-pale scaly, venation slight. Flowers 3–15, conspicuous; sepals with adaxial pair connate, elliptic, keeled, 0.8–1 cm, thin-leathery, veined, apex acute, surfaces slightly scaly; corolla tubular, petals erect, lavender, ligulate, 1.8–2.2 cm; stamens exserted; stigma exserted, conduplicate-spiral. Fruits 2–3 cm.


Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Epiphytic on a variety of hosts in swamps and humid forests
Elevation: 0–60 m

Distribution

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Fla., Ga., Mexico, West Indies, Central America

Discussion

It is probable that Mexican and Central American materials represent one or more additional species.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.
... more about "Tillandsia setacea"
appressed-pale +
Acute (?) +  and Attenuate (?) +
Harry E. Luther +  and Gregory K. Brown +
Swartz +
slight +  and not visible +
linear-triangular +
conspicuous +
cylindric +
Fla. +, Ga. +, Mexico +, West Indies +  and Central America +
0–60 m +
tinged red;green +
0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br /> (?) +  and 1.2 cm12 mm <br />0.012 m <br /> (?) +
thin-leathery +
radially symmetric;slightly bilaterally symmetric +
conspicuous +
2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br /> (3 cm30 mm <br />0.03 m <br />) +
Epiphytic on a variety of hosts in swamps and humid forests +
many-ranked +
green;reddish green +
20cm;30cm +
0.1 cm1 mm <br />0.001 m <br /> (0.4 cm4 mm <br />0.004 m <br />) +
distinct +
1.8 cm18 mm <br />0.018 m <br /> (2.2 cm22 mm <br />0.022 m <br />) +
Flowering spring–fall. +
Flora Indiae Occidentalis +
0.2 cm2 mm <br />0.002 m <br /> (0.4 cm4 mm <br />0.004 m <br />) +
conspicuous +
8 cm80 mm <br />0.08 m <br /> (15 cm150 mm <br />0.15 m <br />) +
unappendaged +  and winged +
plumose +
connate +  and distinct +
0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br /> (1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br />) +
thin-leathery +
3 +  and 2 +
distinct +
3 +  and 2 +
triangular +
narrowing;0.8cm;1.8cm +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (4 cm40 mm <br />0.04 m <br />) +
compressed +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (0.6 cm6 mm <br />0.006 m <br />) +
elongate +
conduplicate-spiral +
appressed-pale +
attenuate +  and acute +
Tillandsia tenuifolia +
epiphytic +
Tillandsia setacea +
Tillandsia +
species +
water-absorbing +
stemless;long caulescent +