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Tillandsia caput-medusae

Distributed in Mexico and Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) at altitudes from 40 to 2,400 m.

Tillandsia caput-medusae

Tillandsia (Tillandsia) caput-medusae É. Morren (1880)

Common names: Octopus plant, Medusa's head



  • Very feeble under poor ventilation circumstance.

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. It is important to dry perfectly after watering and cultivate under good ventilation.

Low watering frequency cultivation

It does not grow well at all. It dies in summer because of poor ventilation.

Cultivation Log (4th foliage)

  • Jul 2018 It bloomed.
  • Jun 2018 A pup began to grow at the bottom of the foliage.
  • Jun 2018 A flower spike began to grow.

  • Jul 2017 Roots began to grow.
  • Jun 2017 The pup has grown as large as the original foliage.

  • Jun 2016 A pup began to grow at the bottom of the foliage.
  • Jun 2016 Began to bloom!
  • Mar 2016 A flower influorescence began to grow.

  • Jul 2015 Roots began to grow.

Cultivation Log (3rd foliage)

  • Jul 2009 It died.

  • Dec 2008 Roots keep growing.

  • Nov 2006 Roots began to grow.

Cultivation Log (2nd foliage)

  • Jul 2006 It died.
  • Mar 2006 Good condition.

Cultivation Log (1st foliage)

  • Sep 2005 It died.

  • Dec 2004 Leaves turned pale red.
  • Sep 2004 It had stopped growing during the summer but began to grow again.
  • Aug 2004 40 days on which the temperature rises above 30 °C, and the highest temperature was over 39 °C.
  • Aug 2004 Roots are growing.

  • Sep 2003 The pup has grown to the same size as the original foliage. The original foliage was removed as it died.
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