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Gardner, C. (1984). NATURAL HYBRIDIZATION IN "TILLANDSIA" SUBGENUS "TILLANDSIA". Selbyana, 7(2/4), 380–393. Retrieved from


Tillandsia L. subgen. Tillandsia (Bromeliaceae) are primarily epiphytic monocots and are distributed over much of the New World tropics and subtropics. They have dispersed into a wide range of habitats and exhibit a tremendous diversity in characteristics of the plant body, inflorescence and flower. Many distinctions are apparently related to habitat selection, although several species of the same subgenus often occur sympatrically (Benzing, 1981). Closely related sympatric species often differ greatly in vegetative characters. Some differences may be related to niche adaptation. Other species more likely result from differences in genetic backgrounds which limit the way a given species can adapt to a particular environment.


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