Sucre tillandsia (Tillandsia sucrei)

GenusTillandsia (1)
SizeHeight: 5 - 7 cm (2)

Listed on Appendix II of CITES (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).

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

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

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).

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

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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  1. CITES (December, 2009)
  2. CITES species identification manual (December, 2009)
  3. Heywood, V.H. (1978) Flowering Plants of the World. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  4. Bromeliad Society International (December, 2009)