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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/31/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/31/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Bot. Cab. pI. 771. 1823.
Synonym Platystachys anceps (Lodd.) Beer, Bromel. 80. 1857. Vriesea anceps (Lodd.) Lemaire in Ill. Hortic. 6: Misc. 15. 1859. Tillandsia xiphostachys Griseb. in Nachr. Ges. Wiss. Gott. 1864:14. 1865, in part. Phytarrhiza anceps (Lodd.) E. Morr. in Belg. Hortic. 29:368. 1879. Vriesea Schlechtendahlii Wittm. in Engler's Bot. Jahrb. 11:69. 1889, excl. syn. Vriesea Schlechtendahlii var. alba Wittm. 1. c. Tillandsia lineatifolia Mez in DC. Monogr. Phan. 9:686. 1896.
Description Leaves many, densely rosulate, 15-40 cm. long, equaling or exceeding the inflorescence, densely and minutely pale-appressed-lepidote, green; sheaths tri- angular-ovate, red-striate; blades recurving, narrowly triangular, acuminate, 7-12 mm. wide. Scape erect, very short, stout. Scape-bracts densely imbricate, ovate, acute or the lowest with a stiff erect linear blade, much smaller than the floral bracts, coriaceous, even, glabrous. Inflorescence simple, elliptic, strongly com- planate, 10-15 cm. long, 55 mm. wide, 10- to 20-flowered, glabrous. Floral bracts densely imbricate, triangular- acute, to 4 cm. long, much exceeding the sepals, carinate, coriaceous, even, green or pale rose with greenish mar- gins. Flowers short-pedicellate. Sepals narrowly lanceolate, acute, 3 cm. long, equally subfree, carinate. Petals more than twice as long as the sepals, the claw linear, white, the blade spread- ing, lance-elliptic, acute, blue or rarely white. Stamens deeply included, ex- ceeding the style. Capsule slenderly cylindric, shorter than the sepals.
Distribution Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad, British Guiana, Venezuela, Colombia.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: between Frijoles and Monte Lirio, alt. 30 m., Killip 12144; Barro Colorado Island, Kenoyer 2i5; Aviles 7, 13; Bailey 370; Shattuck 560; near Rio Medio, Miller I754.
Note This species has been confused with Tillandsia compressa Bert., a synonym of T. fasciculata.
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