“on air”

well, let’s play it then !


This alien looking air plant found its living space in a receptacle formely used for a tea candle.

Tillandsia is a genus of around 540 species in the Bromeliad family (Bromeliaceae), found in the forests, mountains, and deserts, of Central and South America, and Mexico and in North America.

Tillandsia species are epiphytes (also called aerophytes or air plants) – i.e. they normally grow without soil while attached to other plants. Epiphytes are not parasitic, depending on the host only for support.

Epiphytic plants use photosynthesis for energy and (where non-aquatic) obtain moisture from the air or from dampness (rain and cloud moisture) on the surface of their hosts through structures on the leaves called trichomes. Roots may develop primarily for attachment, and specialized structures (for example, cups and scales) may be used to collect or hold moisture.

With the days getting longer and so the urge for candles becoming less pressing,I’m thinking of converting all my tea candles receptacles into nests for more intriguing air plants. They are sold 4.50 euros a piece –  and a small piece at that ! How does that compare to your garden centres ?

Jan 27, 2012

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