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Tillandsia ionantha var. maxima

Distributed at Tehuantepec, San Pedro Huamelula, Oaxaca, Mexico at altitude of 100 m.

Tillandsia ionantha var. maxima

Tillandsia (Tillandsia) ionantha Planchon (1854) var. maxima Ehlers (2000)



  • [ Blooming ] December - January, for 3 weeks
  • [ Flower ] Purple
  • [ Fregrance ] None
  • [ Blooming size ] 3 - 5 cm (W) x 4 - 8 cm (H)
  • Much larger than common Tillandsia ionantha such as T. ionantha 'Mexico' and T. ionantha 'Guatemala'.

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.

Low watering frequency cultivation

Grows well although leaf tips and leaves at the bottom of the foliage tend to die.

Cultivation Log

  • Mar. 2020 Roots began to grow.

  • June 2020 Roots began to grow.

  • June 2019 Roots began to grow.
  • Jan. 2019 Good condition.

Cultivation Log

  • Mar. 2008 Roots began to grow.

  • May 2007 Roots began to grow.

  • Oct. 2006 Moved to another site. Cultivation condition is almost same as the previous site.
  • July 2006 Two roots began to grow.
  • May 2006 Two offsets began to grow.
  • Jan. 2006 It bloomed.

  • Oct. 2005 The offsets keep growing but their condition is not good.

  • Aug. 2004 The temperature rises above 30 °C for 40 days, and the highest temperature was over 39 °C.
  • July 2004 The leaf tips of offsets turned brown and died.
  • May 2004 The second offset began to grow.
  • Mar. 2004 An offset began to grow.

  • Dec. 2003 It bloomed.
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