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Tillandsia bartramii
Bartram's airplant

Tillandsia bartramii
Scientific name: Tillandsia bartramii Elliott.

Former names: Tillandsia juncea; Tillandsia myriophylla.

Common names: Bartram's airplant.

Status in Florida: Not threatened.

Distribution: Florida, Georgia, Caribbean, Mexico.

Distribution in Florida: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Volusia, and Wakulla Counties.

Occurrence in Florida: Frequent.

Habitat: Hammocks and pinelands.

Description: Epiphytic; grows to 10-30 cm (4-12 in.) tall (20-40 cm [8-16 in.] when flowering); plants densely clustered; thin, leathery, grayish leaves (15-30 per plant); simple flower spike or with 1-5 side branches; pink to red floral bracts with flowers 2.5 cm (1 in.) long (5-20 per plant); seed capsules up to 3 cm (1  1/8 in.) long.
Time of flowering: Spring – summer (especially spring).

Coile NC. 2000. Notes on Florida's Endangered and Threatened Plants. FDACS/DPI, Bureau of Entomology, Nematology and Plant Pathology, Botany Section. Contribution No. 38, 3rd ed., Gainesville, FL.

Florida Natural Areas Inventory. 1997.  Matrix of Habitats and Distribution by County of Rare/Endangered Species of Florida. Florida Natural Areas Inventory/The Nature Conservancy.

Long RW, Lakela O. 1976. A Flora of Tropical Florida. Banyan Books, Miami. 178 p.

Luther HE, Benzing DH. 2009.  Native Bromeliads of Florida. Sarasota, FL. Pineapple Press, Inc.

Ward DB (ed.). 1979. Plants, Vol. 5. In: Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida, P.C.H. Pritchard (ed.). University Presses of Florida, Gainesville, 175 p.

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