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Tillandsia bulbosa Hook.

Family Name: Bromeliaceae
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Annual Epiphyte


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

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Annual
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Mexico, Central America, West Indies, Trinidad, Colombia, Venezuela, Guiana and Brazil. 
Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form An epiphyte, it has a rosette and clumping growth form and can grow up to 7 to 22cm tall. 
Foliage The leaves are dark green with orbicular leaf sheaths. The leaf sheaths have red margins. The leaves are spirally arranged, to form a pseudobulb. 
Flowers The sessile flowers are borne on an erect simple to compound spike with red bracts, purple petals and exserted stamens, the scape bracts are bright red. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Form
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Skyrise / Balcony, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Division

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Master ID 31961
Species ID 6363
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.