Tillandsia Species
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Tillandsia abdita (ahb-DEE-tah) is one of the most colorful and desirable species. It produces an abundance of soft leaves in a symmetrical rosette and will often grow to be some 12 cm in diameter although those we currently have available are 8–10 cm. The leaves vary in color from a pale lettuce green to combinations that include pale cardinal. When in bloom the are normally a strikingly bright and colorful cardinal red. Although there is no flower spike, when blooming, the Tillandsia abdita produces many purple flowers typical of subgenus Tillandsia. It is relatively rare.
This name is often used in the trade by those not aware of the mistake as the epithet for a common species that is actually Tillandsia brachycaulos. The true T. abdita is exceedingly rare.