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Rauh, W. (1992). ARE TILLANDSIAS ENDANGERED PLANTS?. Selbyana, 13, 138–139. Retrieved from


In the last 10 years, the gray, so-called atmospheric tillandsias have become favored house plants. They are offered for sale from specialized nurseries as "carnations ofair" which need little care, no substrate, and minimal water. The demand for these tillandsias has become enormous, and nurseries in Guatemala and Honduras cannot supply the current market. The propagation by seeds to get marketable plants takes about 3-5 years; it is easier to collect the plants from the wild. Therefore, many tillandsia plant communities have already been destroyed and some species should be considered as endangered, extirpated in nature in the near future. Therefore, certain species ofthe small ti1landsias should be placed on APPENDIX I ofthe Washington Convention and all tillandsia nurseries should be encouraged to propagate these plants by seed and to control their intemational traffic


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