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Tillandsia crista-galli

Tillandsia crista-galli is a Tillandsia distributed in Chiapas, Mexico, and was discovered by Ms. Erels in 1988 in Motozintla, Chiapas at an altitude of 1800 m.

A large number of thin and hard leaves are developed to form a rosette that opens slowly.

The flowers bloom purple tubular flowers from the red flower bracts at the tip of the long flower stem.

One of the characteristics of this species is that the offspring attaches to the tip of Stron. Similar types include T. polita and T. rodrigueziana, but this feature distinguishes them.

The outside of the leaf is thinly covered with fine trichomes, but since T. butzii, T. fuchii, and T. velutina grew in the same place, it is probably a relatively water-loving species.

There seems to be no report of distribution from other than the listed locality.

The species name comes from the fact that the plant was locally called Cresta de Gallo (meaning the crest of a rooster).

Tillandsia crista-galli クリスタガリィ

The figure below shows the locality described in Tillandsia crista-galli.

Near the border with Guatemala.

December 14, 2018

The figure on the left is my cultivated strain (taken on December 14, 2018).

It is a strain imported from the United States on July 25, 2018, and although it is a species distributed in high mountains, it withstood the heat of summer well, and even if it was watered in the hot weather, it grew steadily.

I personally love the seeds that develop these hard, pointed leaves, and I'm thrilled when I imagine them growing strongly and clustering.

I am looking forward to seeing the child stock attached to the tip of the characteristic Stron after it blooms. (Although it seems to be a few centimeters away)

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