Plants of the UNF Campus

Tillandsia bartramii - Bartram’s wild pine
Family Bromeliaceae

Description:

The genus Tillandsia includes over 400 species ranging from the southern U.S. through South America. A dozen species are native to Florida. This plant forms a rosette of narrow, gray leaves with a flower spike emerging from the center. Individual plants die after flowering but new plants grow from the base to form a dense cluster. These clusters of rosettes grow on trunks and large branches of trees. They are epiphytes that take their moisture and minerals from the rain and air. They do not harm the plants on which they grow.

Location:

See plants along the boardwalk at Lake Oneida.

Size:

Herbaceous plant with rosettes of leaves about six inches long.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: drought tolerant but prefers a humid environment

Soil: grows on trees, will not grow on or in the ground

This native plant is hardy throughout northeast Florida. It may be cultivated in a garden and responds well to periodic watering.