Tuesday 21 May
Sucre tillandsia (Tillandsia sucrei)
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Sucre tillandsia fact file
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Sucre tillandsia description
Also known as ‘air plants’, tillandsias are highly-specialised plants that grow on trees and rocks (3) (4). Tillandsia sucrei is a very short-stemmed species, with numerous, silvery leaves arranged in a crowded rosette. The rose coloured inflorescences have three to six branches, with two to three flowers on each spike (2).
- Height: 5 - 7 cm (2)
Sucre tillandsia biology
Unlike most other vascular plants, the roots of Tillandsia species do not function in water and nutrient transport, but merely serve as points of attachment. Instead, tillandsias have tiny scales on their leaves called trichomes that absorb water and nutrients from the atmosphere (3) (4).Top
Sucre tillandsia range
Tillandsia sucrei is restricted to the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (2).Top
Sucre tillandsia habitat
Occurs on steep slopes at altitudes of 100 to 500 metres above sea level (2).Top
Sucre tillandsia status
Listed on Appendix II of CITES (1).Top
Sucre tillandsia threats
Tillandsia sucrei has a very restricted distribution and is only known from a small number of localities (2).Top
Sucre tillandsia conservation
International trade in Tillandsia sucrei is restricted by its listing on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) (1).Top
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