Rare Naturalization of an Ornamental Tillandsia, Tillandsia ionantha in Southern Florida


exotic species
Tillandsia ionantha

How to Cite

Pemberton, R., & Liu, H. (2007). Rare Naturalization of an Ornamental Tillandsia, Tillandsia ionantha in Southern Florida. Selbyana, 28(2), 150–153. Retrieved from https://ojs.test.flvc.org/selbyana/article/view/121264


Reported here is the naturalization of a Mesoamerican bromeliad, Tillandsia ionantha, in Broward County, southeast Florida. This species is a popular ornamental bromeliad. A total of 63 clusters of plants were found on 31 Australian pine trees adjacent to a mangrove forest at Anne Koeb Nature Center in Dania Beach, Florida. The presence of flowers and germinating seeds indicate that the population is reproducing sexually. No pollination agent(s) is known for this pollinator-dependent species at this location. This is only the second reported case of naturalization of Tillandsia world-wide.


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