Tillandsia Paucifolia is a bulbous air plant found in several regions of North and South America. Most notably: Florida, Mexico, Venezuela and the West Indies. This “potbelly air plant”, as it is commonly referred to as, has a fat base which distinguishes it from other Tillandsias. I would say this plant is very similar to T.caput-medusae.
Tillandsia Paucifolia has long, wavy leaves that are a light green to silver-gray in color. There are typically around 5 – 10 leaves on a plant, and the plant can grow as a single specimen or in a cluster. This air plant has more defined trichomes on it’s body, which are hair-like outgrowths that give the surface area protection from the elements.
The Flowers can be a pale pink to a more violet-blue. We have some really healthy, good-sized pieces available and they are definitely worth the value!
Tillandsia Paucifolia grow as epiphytes on other plants. They use their roots primarily for anchorage onto a branch or rock. In the wild, they are found growing on pine trees in Florida, however they have no preference to which tree they are placed into. It has been reported that T.paucifolia can quickly take over a branch with it’s offsetting. Each specimen of T.paucifolia can grow to around 10-35cm in length.
They prefer bright, exposed areas and enjoy the regular watering. Just remember not to allow this water to sit in the base or pockets of the leaves. Dry off well by shaking the plant or placing it on its side.
The floral bracts are leathery to the touch, and bloom a splendid pink to lavender colored flower.
We have an extensive collection of Tillandsias. They are an incredible epiphyte that grows naturally in Central and South America. They are simply magical and do well as a standalone piece or displayed in a terrarium or mount. These are some of our favorites: