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Tillandsia kirchhoffiana Wittm. Gartenflora 38: 107. 1889
Tillandsia Fournieri E. Morren; Baker, Handb. Bromel. 183. 1889.
Plant stemless, 1 m. high; leaves many in a dense utriculate rosette, 8 dm. long; sheaths ovate, 1 dm. long, purple, obscurely brown-punctulate ; blades arched-spreading, linear, caudateacuminate, flat, not over 4 mm. wide for most of its length, glabrous; scape erect, about 5 mm. in diameter, glabrous; scape-bracts glabrous, their sheaths densely imbricate, ovate, red, their blades elongate, foliaceous; inflorescence compound, very lax, 5 dm. long, glabrous; primary bracts spreading, broadly lanceolate, red, closely enfolding the bases of the spikes, the lower ones foliaceous-laminate, the upper acute; branches simple; spikes stipitatc, with several sterile bracts at the base, linear or linear-lanceolate in outline, acute, 10-12 cm. long, 12 mm. wide at anthesis, complanate; rhachis slender, nearly or quite straight, angled; floral bracts erect, barely imbricate and exposing the rhachis, ovate-oblong, acute, up to 23 mm. long, equaling or exceeding the sepals, two to three times as long as the internodes, ecarinate, at the extreme apex membranaceous, prominently nerved, and red, elsewhere coriaceous and even; flowers subsessile; sepals narrowly elliptic, acute, subfree; petals tubular-erect, narrow, obtuse, 35 mm. long, violet; stamens and pistil exserted.
Type locality: "Wahrschcinlich . . . aus Mexico"; described from cultivation. Distribution: Vera Cruz and Puebla.
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Lyman Bradford Smith. 1938. (XYRIDALES); BROMELIACEAE. North American flora. vol 19(2). New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY
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Tillandsia kirchhoffiana

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Tillandsia kirchhoffiana is a species in the genus Tillandsia. This species is endemic to Mexico.

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Tillandsia kirchhoffiana: Brief Summary

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Tillandsia kirchhoffiana is a species in the genus Tillandsia. This species is endemic to Mexico.

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