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Tillandsia chiapensis S.Gardner

Family Name: Bromeliaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Bird-Attracting Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Chiapas, Mexico. 
Native Habitat Terrestrial (Inland Cliff)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Epiphytic airplant forming large clumps where conditions are ideal
Foliage Leaves to 40cm in length, covered by a dense layer of trichomes, dull greyish - whitish green, becoming dull purplish red in full sun or very bright light. Leaf bases often tinged brownish black.
Flowers Inflorescence to 30cm in length, bracts distichous,  imbricate and fully covering the rachis, dull pink, covered with a dense layer of white trichomes. Flowers bright bluish violet.
Habitat In its native habitat, this species can be found growing directly on rocks on cayon walls
Etymology This species has been named after the area (Chiapas in Mexico) from which the species was first collected 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Skyrise / Balcony
Thematic Landscaping Bird & Wildlife Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Planting Remarks Grows best under full sun but will tolerate very bright shade. When watering, do not allow water to collect in the leaf axils as this will cause the plant to rot. Allow the plant to dry off completely before watering again. Plants must be grown in areas with good ventilation; if grown indoors, plants can be soaked overnight in a tub of water to which a dilute liquid fertilizer has been added. This can be done on a weekly basis. 
Maintenance Requirements Low
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Remarks  'Pups' (plantlets) produced at the base of the adult plant after flowering can be detached and grown into new plants


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Red, Silver / Grey, White
Foliar Modification Trichome / Hair

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink, Purple, White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

Image Repository



Master ID 30967
Species ID 5353
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.