- Tillandsia serves as the common name of any one of more than 650 known species of what people commonly refer to as air plants.
- The varieties which grow in wetter climates have thinner leaves than their counterparts in drier areas. The different varieties come in a wide range of shapes, colors, and sizes but they are all quite beautiful.
- Plants within this beautiful genus have become extremely popular as decorative plants due to the lack of a need for soil.
Tillandsia Botanical Traits
The various types of Tillandsia vary widely in physical appearance. Colors displayed include yellow, pink, purple, and red.
They represent an extremely distinctive and interesting type of plant as they do not set down roots in the soil. Rather, they cling to a host plant with numerous streamers.
However, they do not represent parasitic plants. They use the host species merely as a means of supporting their physical structure. Instead of drawing moisture and nourishment from the soil, they actually draw what they need to survive through their leaves.
Tillandsia Environmental Vulnerability
Unique structures on the leaves called trichomes gather humidity just from the air and circulate it throughout the rest of the plant. They also draw various nutrients from the dust, decaying leaves, and insect matter that falls upon the leaves.
All species of Tillandsia known to date are evergreen, perennial flowering plants. Given that they draw their food directly from the air, they are especially vulnerable to pollution.