Sounds Greek, right? That is because it IS Greek.
I learned today that not all scientific names are Latin or Latinized. Some are Greek, like this one. I wonder if there are other scientific names out there that were derived from other languages aside from Greek or Latin.
Although the Tillandsia disticha is Greek in name, I am so familiar with Tillandsias that this species is not Greek to me at all.
The Tillandsia disticha (pronounced DIS-ti-ka) gets its name from the Greek word "distichous" which means arranged in opposite rows. This is in reference to its floral bracts as seen above. This is not to be confused with another species known as Tillandsia didisticha.
It is one of the Tillandsia species with filiform or thread-like leaves. For another sample species with filiform leaves, check out my "Garden Thread" post. This reminds me of the story of tillandsia collector friend of mine, Angel, who was asked why she was collecting grass.
The plant is endemic to Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
I care for this plant by providing it with 40% shade and generous watering. It is a relatively easy to grow species and also a fast-grower.
The leaves of my T. disticha were around 15 inches long before it bloomed. As you can see, the inflorescence and the floral bracts are not showy. However, the plant is attractive nonetheless.
I was blessed with three pups (one was hidden from the camera view) after it bloomed.
This plant is όμορφος.