Funky Town

Single cover for the "Funkytown" 7-inch Single by Lipps Inc, scanned by Tchernomush and via Wikipedia

Single cover for the "Funkytown" 7-inch

Single by Lipps Inc, scanned by Tchernomush and via Wikipedia

Single cover for the "Funkytown" 7-inch Single by Lipps Inc, scanned by Tchernomush and via Wikipedia

Do you remember the 1980's hit of this posts title?  To paraphrase the song . . .

Well, I won't talk about it.

Won't talk about it.

Won't talk about it.

Won't talk about it.

Gotta move on.

Gotta move on.

Gotta move on.

Gotta move on and write about the funkiest of the air plants while humming you know what.  

Why funky?  It does not remind me of the Lipps Inc. song. Nor is it smelly.  And, while I find the "unconventionally cool" definition of "funky" apt, this is not the reason either.

It all has to do with the name of the plant.

Tillandsia funckiana.

Tillandsia funckiana

The specimen above exhibits the plant's silvery gray to green leaves which appear to emanate from its base. It's bloom is lovely.  A long, pipelike red-orange flower whose vibrant color contrasts with the mostly pale leaves. It is a low maintenance plant that loves sunlight. My funckies get at least 3 hours of direct sun in the morning and bright indirect light the rest of the day. It is native to south America which qualifies as a funky continent. It is spelled correctly (and dangerously) as funckiana and not funkiana. I don't feel comfortable to spell it this way because a simple typo could spell disaster. Without bloom it actually looks like a scaredy cat's tail.

Image via Amazon.com

Image via Amazon.com

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The bloom shown above comes from my newest specimen.  A large T. funckiana which is almost as old as my marriage.

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