|Subgenus:||Tillandsia subg. Tillandsia|
E.Morren ex Baker
Tillandsia achyrostachys, Morren and Baker, 1889.
Name: straw-eared, refers to the wrinkled cover leaves.
Shape: stemless, 40 cm high with a flower stalk, the leaves forming an erect rosette.
Leaf bases: oblong-ovate, 2-3 cm wide, 4-6 cm long, gray scaly.
Leaves: erect, slightly curved at the top, narrow lanceolate, 20 cm long and 2 cm wide, above the base.
Flower stalk: upright bare 15 cm long, 3 to 5 mm wide.
Inflorescence: simple ear, flattened on both sides, 15 to 20 cm long and 2 cm wide.
Cover leaves: densely potted, oval, pointed, 4 cm long, 2 cm wide, membranous, ashy, red or greenish red.
Flowers: upright, indoors, 4-6 cm long, green.
Cup leaves: lanceolate, long, pointed.
Petals: form a narrow tube, 4 cm long.
Anthers: protruding from the flower.
Distribution: Mexico, up to 2000 m.
Treatment: moderate water but not too dry, light shade.
Other: reminiscent of a small T. califann in a flowering state.
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