Tillandsia paleacea Presl.

Plant stem at least to 35 cm long. Leaves densely grey scaled; sheaths large, bottom half hairless; blades abruptly spreading, usually contorted, narrowly triangular to 12 cm long, 4-6 mm wide. Scape erect, varying from very short to over 15 cm long, hairless, bracts scaly. Inflorescence simple, narrowly lanceolate to 5 cm long, flattened, 1-12 flowered; floral bracts distichous, as long as sepals, soon hairless; sepals 10-17 mm long, free, hairless; petals with narrow tube, large, spreading orbicular blade, blue or violet; stamens included.

South-western Colombia to Bolivia and northern Chile

Source: Christensen, T.; Butcher, D. (2005). Bromeliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hero image
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Poales
family       Bromeliaceae
genus        Tillandsia L.