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Tillandsia abdita

Distributed in Cerro de Escazú, San José, Costa Rica at an altitude of 2,500 m.

Tillandsia abdita

= Tillandsia brachycaulos

Tillandsia (Tillandsia) abdita L. B. Smith (1961)



  • [ Blooming ] June - July, for a month
  • [ Flower ] Purple
  • [ Fregrance ] None
  • [ Blooming size ] 10 - 15 cm (W) x 5 - 7 cm (H)
  • Turns bright red in summer and in the blooming period.
  • Sturdy species. Relatively high/low-temperature tolerance.
  • T. abdita was defined by trichomes on the surface of floral bracts. Trichomes are not on the surface of floral bracts of T. brachycaulos and T. velutina. T. abdita became a synonym of T. brachycaulos

Cultivaton tips

Informations summarized here are based on our experiences, and TrekGEO does not guarantee the results by cultivating in the same or similar conditions described here. Even a species of Tillandsia differs substantially between individuals, and is very sensitive in changes of environments. Applicatons of any idea inspired by this site should be at your own risks.

Very high watering frequency cultivation

Grows well.

Low watering frequency cultivation

Grows well. Possibly this species can be cultivated well even by very high watering frequency cultivation.

Cultivation Log (2nd foliage)

  • July 2017 Roots are growing.

Cultivation Log (1st foliage)

  • Apr. 2007 The original foliage began to die.

  • Oct. 2006 Moved to another site. Cultivation condition is almost same as the previous site.
  • Apr. 2006 An offset began to grow.

  • Oct. 2005 Leaves turned green again.
  • Aug. 2005 The growing point turned ruby red.
  • Jan. 2005 Leaves slightly turned red.

  • Nov. 2004 Leaves are growing very well.
  • Sept. 2004 Perfect condition.
  • Aug. 2004 The original foliage died leaving two offsets. The temperature rises above 30 °C for 40 days, and the highest temperature was over 39 °C.

  • June 2003 It bloomed.
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