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Tillandsia brachycaulos

Mexico (San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Morelos, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatán)

Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama

Venezuela (Aragua, Bolivar)

600 - 1,200 m elevation

Epiphytic on oak and pine-oak trees and shrubs, Saxicolous on rocky slopes and cliffs

Tillandsia brachycaulos

Tillandsia brachycaulos Schlechtendal (1845)



  • [ Blooming ] Summer, for 10 days
  • [ Flower ] Purple
  • [ Fregrance ] None
  • [ Blooming size ] 10 - 30 cm (W) x 5 - 10 cm (H)
  • Turns bright red in the blooming period.
  • Similar species to T. velutina.
  • T. abdita was defined bytrichomes 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. T. velutina grows a very short inflorescence, whereas flowers of T. brachycaulos grow directly from the growing point.

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 very well.

Low watering frequency cultivation

Managed to grow but its condition is very bad. Watering should be more frequent.

Cultivation Log (2nd foliage)

  • Apr. 2022 Roots began to grow.

  • July 2020 Roots began to grow.

  • Aug. 2018 2 offsets began to grow at base of the inflorescence.
  • June 2018 It bloomed.
  • May 2018 An inflorescence began to grow.

  • June 2017 Roots began to grow.

  • Sept. 2016 A pup in a good condition.

Cultivation Log (1st foliage)

  • Oct. 2006 Moved to another site. Cultivation condition is almost same as the previous site.
  • June 2006 The two roots began to grow.

  • July 2005 The original foliage has died.

  • Dec. 2004 The second offset began to grow.
  • Sept. 2004 An offset began to grow.
  • Aug. 2004 Its condition is very bad.
  • Aug. 2004 The inflorescence died without blooming because of scale insects (Coccidea) or hot and humid weather.
  • Aug. 2004 The inflorescence has died. The temperature rises above 30 °C for 40 days, and the highest temperature was over 39 °C.
  • June 2004 An inflorescence with ruby red color began to grow.

  • Dec. 2003 The foliage become healthy. Tips of leaves turned red.
  • Sept. 2003 Tips of leaves are dying.
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