Kautsky’s tillandsia (Tillandsia kautskyi)

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Kautsky’s tillandsia fact file

Kautsky’s tillandsia description

KingdomPlantae
PhylumTracheophyta
ClassLiliopsida
OrderBromeliales
FamilyBromeliaceae
GenusTillandsia (1)

Owing to their habit of growing on trees, cliffs and rocks, the highly specialised Tillandsia species are commonly known as ‘airplants’ (3) (4). Kautsky's tillandsia is a stemless species, comprising a crowded rosette of spirally arranged leaves, densely covered with greyish scales. The attractive, rose and lilac coloured inflorescence only just exceeds the leaves in length, and has three to six branches, with two flowers on each (2).

Size
Height: 3 - 8 cm (2)
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Kautsky’s tillandsia biology

Unlike most other vascular plants, the roots of Tillandsia species do not function in water and nutrient transport, but merely help the plant to cling to trees or rocks. Instead, tillandsias have tiny scales on their leaves called trichomes that absorb water from the atmosphere (3) (4).

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Kautsky’s tillandsia range

Kautsky's tillandsia is restricted to the state of Espirito Santo in south-eastern Brazil (2).

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Kautsky’s tillandsia habitat

Kautsky's tillandsia is found in wet mountain forests at altitudes of 800 to 1000 metres above sea level (2).

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Kautsky’s tillandsia status

Kautsky's tillandsia is listed on Appendix II of CITES (1).

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Kautsky’s tillandsia threats

Many Tillandsia species are believed to be threatened by over collection for the horticultural trade (5).

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Kautsky’s tillandsia conservation

International trade in Kautsky's tillandsia is restricted by its listing on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) (1).

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 To find out more about tillandsias and other bromeliad species, visit: 

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References

  1. CITES (December, 2009)
    http://www.cites.org
  2. CITES species identification manual (December, 2009)
    http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/ID/index.php
  3. Heywood, V.H. (1978) Flowering Plants of the World. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  4. Bromeliad Society International (December, 2009)
    http://www.bsi.org
  5. Smith, L.B. and Till, W. (2004) Bromeliaceae. In: Kubitzki, K. (Ed.) Families and genera of vascular plants VI. Springer, Berlin.
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Kautsky's tillandsia  
Kautsky's tillandsia

© E. J. Gouda / Utrecht University Botanic Gardens

Utrecht University Botanic Gardens
Postbus 80.162
Utrecht
3508 TD
The Netherlands
E.J.Gouda@uu.nl
http://FloraPix.nl/

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