What do you call a vertically challenged fortune teller who escapes from prison?

As you can tell, I was stumped for an introduction to my next plant.  Maybe I still am.

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The plant that has me stumped is the Tillandsia streptocarpa which is endemic to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

Its leaves are silver green and curvy.  It almost looks like a small T. duratii.  You can compare them by checking out my T. duratii's in my "Discharged" post.  It also almost looks like a big T. reichenbachii.  These three Tillandsia species have similar morphology but can easily be distinguished by their sizes - T. duratii (L), T. streptocarpa (M) and T. reichenbachii (S).  Can I throw in that through hard work and discipline my shirt size went from a  T. duratii to a T. reichenbachii? :-)

(L to R): small T. reichenbachii, medium T. streptocarpa, large T. duratii

"Medium" likes full sun and frequent watering during the dry season.  I feed it once a month.  If I feed it once a week, do you think it will become "Large"?

From the T. streptocarpa's bract comes beautiful violet flowers that are one of the few sweet-smelling tillandsia blooms.  My other sweet-smelling tillandsia is the T. crocata which I featured on "Airplant and Spice and Everything Nice".

A picture of the bloom en face.

My plant had only three or four of blooms and the inflorescence was simple.  I found one specimen on the internet with multiple blooms and compound inflorescence.  Click here to check it out.  The images almost make me envious.  Hopefully next time I will have that many blooms. I better consult a medium to see the future of my T. streptocarpa's bloom.

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So, what do you call a vertically challenged fortune teller who escapes from prison?

Answer:  A small medium at large.


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P.S.  Save the dates May 9-11, 2012 for HortiASIA 2012.  Please check under my recommended events (upper left corner) for more details.



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