was Tillandsia dodsonii
now Lemeltonia dodsonii
(See DD02/17: for all new (DNA resolved) species & Cultivars.)

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Lemeltonia dodsonii
Species Ecuador. Long pendent inflorescence. Perfumed.
Ross Little 03/10.
Peter Tristram 03/10.
Chris Larson 08/13.
Starting with a question to the Tillandsia discussion group...
Justin Lee - "Hello all, anyone growing Tillandsia dodsonii well? I was wondering if it grows better as a mounted specimen or potted? Also is it a lover of strong light or not?"
Andrew Flower - "Mine are quite happy potted, down at ground level ie., quite low light."
Barry Genn - "I am happy with the way it grows for me in Brisbane on a mount and in quite strong light. It puts out plenty of roots and pups well, just about finished flowering now, I think it likes humidity."
Peter Tristram - I grow dodsonii both ways now (having seen Barry’s enviable conditions) and no problem with either, though the potted ones give more pups usually (and grow out of the pot then hang upside down when in bloom). Likes warm, humid conditions and seems to do best in bright indirect light. It’s not easy to photograph without a sophisticated studio like Bertie’s. Here’s one I took a few years back. P.S. Feed it too."
Ross Little - "I have been growing a T. dodsonii in a vanda pot for over 12mths, it flowered this past season & pupping, in northern NSW, gets afternoon sun only through 70% s/mesh, seems happy."
Derek Butcher - "I would not recommend it for Adelaide unless you had a cool house like Len Colgan has built. Even so, Len is having challenges."
Peter Tristram - "I would reckon Adelaide’s water would be a major problem for many of the more mesic species (it was all right over here!) though dodsonii and other similar species like monadelpha, scaligera, triglochinoides and narthecioides seem pretty hardy under a variety of conditions. T. acosta-solisii (attached) is far trickier I find, like cornuta, though I haven’t been game to experiment with them yet.
Rob Bower 02/19
Stevan Molnar 02/22


Lemeltonia dodsonii (L.B. Sm.) Barfuss & W. Till, comb. nov. Phytotaxa 279(1): 001-097. 2016
Basionym:— Tillandsia dodsonii L.B. Sm., Phytologia 28: 32, pl. 2, figs. f, g (1974), Type:—Dodson 5225 (holo US!, iso SEL!)

Tillandsia dodsonii L. B. Smith, Phytologia 28: 32, pl. 2, figs. F, G. 1974.
A T. narthecoide Presl., cui affinis, bracteis florigeris quam internodiis haud subduplo longioribus, omnibus partibus multo majoribus differt.
Desc from S&D p855
Plant flowering to 84 cm high.
Leaves many in a funnelform rosette, to 22 cm long, covered throughout with minute, flat, brown-centered scales;
Sheaths elliptic, ca 4 cm long, dark brown;
Blades narrowly triangular, ca 12 mm wide at base, the outer much reduced.
Scape erect, slender, much exceeding the leaves;
Scape-bracts erect, imbricate, elliptic, apiculate.
Inflorescence erect, simple, lax, many-flowered, sparsely pale-lepidote;
Rhachis very slender, flexuous.
Floral bracts spreading, to 30 mm long, exceeding the internodes and the sepals, ovate, convex and rolled around the sepals, thin-coriaceous, nerved;
Flowers short-pedicellate.
Sepals free, 20 mm long, elliptic, broadly acute;
Petal blades suborbicular, spreading 20 mm long, white with yellow eye;
Stamens and pistil deeply included.
Type. C. H. Dodson 5225 (holotype US), epiphytic in old orange trees along road, km 30 on Santo Domingo to Quito road, Pichincha, Ecuador, 1100 m alt, 27 Dec 1972.
DISTRIBUTION. Known from the type collection only.


Updated 19/02/22