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Florida's Native Bromeliads     

Tillandsia setecea
Southern Needleleaf

Tillandsia recurvata
Scientific name: Tillandsia setacea Swartz.

Former names: Tillandsia tenuifolia L.

Common names: Southern needleleaf, needle-leaf airplant.

Status in Florida: Not listed as threatened.

Threats to this plant in Florida: Habitat destruction.

Distribution: Florida, Georgia, West Indies, Central and South America.
Distribution in Florida:  Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter, and Volusia Counties.

Occurrence in Florida: Common.

Habitat:  Hammocks and swamps.

Description:  Epiphytic; grows to 30 cm (12 in.) long; plants densely clustered, growing as aggregates of small tufts; leaves dilated at base, flexuous at tips, green to reddish-green in color; flower stalk 8-15 cm (3-6 in.); 315 flowers, 2.5 cm (1 in.) long; violet petals; seed capsule up to 3 cm (1  1/8 in.) long; similar to Tillandsia bartramii except leaves green or reddish and floral bracts green, tinged with red.

Time of flowering: Spring - fall.

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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