Sucre tillandsia (Tillandsia sucrei)

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Sucre tillandsia description

KingdomPlantae
PhylumTracheophyta
ClassLiliopsida
OrderBromeliales
FamilyBromeliaceae
GenusTillandsia (1)

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).

Size
Height: 5 - 7 cm (2)
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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).

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Sucre tillandsia range

Tillandsia sucrei is restricted to the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (2).

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Sucre tillandsia habitat

Occurs on steep slopes at altitudes of 100 to 500 metres above sea level (2).

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Sucre tillandsia status

Listed on Appendix II of CITES (1).

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Sucre tillandsia threats

Tillandsia sucrei has a very restricted distribution and is only known from a small number of localities (2).

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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).

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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
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Sucre tillandsia  
Sucre 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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