Tillandsia kegeliana
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Tillandsia kegeliana
Ken Woods 10/04
Chris Larson 09/15
Bob Hudson 10/19
Chris Larson ... "Always one of my favoutites but is not so common here as far as I know – it is flowering well now for me. It seems to be very common in the USA. Grows at low altitude from Panama to Colombia."
Peter Tristram ... "That’s a great red bracted form. Do you know if it’s the one from Herb Hill? His form is the only one left here as the others were all too cold sensitive (even heating to about 10 C)."
Rob Bower 02/20
Rob Bower 10/20
Chris Larson 03/21
Chris Larson 10/21
Chris Larson 11/23
Bob Hudson 12/21
Eric Gouda 01/22
Bruce Dunstan 10/22
Eric Gouda ... "As you probably know, the Amazon does not have that many Tillandsia species, but there are a few that are real Jewels.
In my collection I can not grow Tillandsia kegeliana because it is too dry (they really suffer), so I grow them in a tank in which I have a small waterfall and some small frogs (Peter Tristram knows) with artificial led light. Racinea crispa is also thriving here.
This spike is ca 4 cm wide, the crateriform rosette ca 25 cm wide, so it is really a small plant about the size as a small T. brachycaulos. This plant came from Franz Gruber."

Tillandsia kegeliana Mez, DC. Monogr. Phan. 9: 725. 1896.
Desc from S&D p922-3
Plant stemless.
Leaves many, 12-17 cm long,
Sheaths broadly ovate, over 3 cm long, membranaceous, castaneous-lepidote,
Blades often secund, linear-triangular, involute-subulate, 5 mm wide, densely pale-lepidote, sometimes red-margined.
Scape ascending, slender, very short, glabrous;
Scape-bracts densely imbricate, lance-ovate, long-caudate, appressed-lepidote. Inflorescence simple, exceeded by the leaves, elliptic, strongly complanate, 40 - 55 mm long, 3~35 mm wide, 6-8-flowered.
Floral bracts densely imbricate, acuminate from a broadly elliptic base, 3 cm long, 16 mm wide, fleshy, bright red when living, thin, minutely rugulose and blackish when dry, obscurely lepidote to glabrous;
Pedicels short.
Sepals free, elliptic, obtuse, 2 cm long, coriaceous when dry, ecarinate, densely lepidote, slightly nerved;
Petals over 4 cm long, dark purple;
Stamens exserted.
Capsule subprismatic, over 5 cm long.
Type. Kegel 881 (lectotype GOET, US photo), Paramaribo, Suriname.
DISTRIBUTION. Epiphytic in forest, 25~800 m alt, Panama to northeastern Brazil. PANAMA. DARIEN: Yaviza. 22-23 Apr 1914, H. Pittier 6583 (US); Rio Tuira below El Real and Piriaque Island, 11 Ju11959, Stern et at. 896 (US). COLOMBIA. BOLIVAR: Quimari, west side of Cordillera Occidental, Mar 1949, Sneidern s n (5). SANTANDER: Barranca Bermeja. Magdalena Valley, Rio Sogamoso to Rio Colorado, 5 Mar 1935, Haught 1587 (GH, US); Puerto Berrio, Rio Carare to Rio Magdalena, 2 May 1935. Haught 1689 (US). VENEZUELA. NUEVA ESPARTA: Copey, Aug 1953, Ginis 3493 (US). SUCRE: Rio Grande, Irapa. Peninsula de Paria. 29 Mar 1944, Pittendrigh 1030 (US). DISTRITO FEDERAL: Chichirriviche, I Jul 1966, Steyermark & Aristeguieta 117 (US, VEN). FALCON: Puente de Jobo, Sierra de San Luis, 20 Jul 1967, Steyermark 99283 (US, VEN). BOLIVAR: Sierra Imataca, Rio Toro, 12 Dec 1960, Steyermark 87973 (VEN); Miamo, Hato de Nuria, 25 Jan 1961, Steyermark 88826 (VEN). GUYANA. Atkinson Field, 15 Jan 1961, V. Graham 522 (K). SURINAME. Para River, Mar 1838, Splitgerber 644 (L); Geyersvlijt, Kegel 802 (GOET). BRAZIL. AMAPA: Rio Araguari, 1°26' N, 51°58' W to 1°09' N, 51°52' W, 11 Sep 1961, Pires et at. 50851 (NY). PARAIBA:Campina, Goiana to Joao Pessoa, Lima 67-4998 (IPA). PERNAMBUCO: Vitoria, Apr 1935, Pickel 3783 (IPA).

Tillandsia kegeliana Mez
Desc from Gouda in 'Flora of the Guianas' 1987
Plant acaulescent, 9-14 cm tall, with a small crateriform or spreading rosette of many cinereous-green leaves.
Leaves 7-15 cm long, exceeding the inflorescence, stiff-chartaceous and often involute-subulate when dry;
Sheaths ample, but not always distinct, chartaceous, merging or contracted into the blades, (broadly) ovate, scarcely inflated-convex, 2.5-3.5 x 1.5-2.7 cm, densely and closely appressed- or punctulate-lepidote, with brown centered scales, pale-green outside, often purple-red inside;
Blades arching and often turning secund, thin-coriaceous, very narrowly triangular, 5-12 x 0.5-1.4 cm, often with purple-red margins, attenuately acute, densely appressed-lepidote, soon partly less so at the upper side.
Inflorescence (sub-)pendulous, simple, 8-14 cm long;
Scape often strongly curved downward, 3-9.5 cm long, 1-3 mm in diam., glabrous or sparsely lepidote at the apex, concealed by its bracts and the leaves;
Scape bracts erect or the blade secund, imbricate, ovate to lanceolate, with the foliaceous blades exceeding the scape, (sub)densely cinereous-lepidote; spike ascending, fan-like, very strongly complanate, 2.5-5 x 3-4.5 cm, emarginate or subacute, densely and distichously 2-5(-8)-flowered (appearing subdense when dry), with a few imbricate sterile bracts at the base and one at the apex;
Rachis very short, hidden at anthesis, flexuous, bluntly angled, minutely lepidote;
Floral bracts somewhat spreading with the flowers, imbricate at anthesis, but the upper ones with free tips, coriaceous, with even or faintly veined surface when dry, (broadly) ovate, 2.4-2.8 cm long, 4-5 times as long as the internodes, much exceeding and closely enfolding the sepals, with very broad membranaceous margins, apiculate, ecarinate, but sharply con¬duplicate (appearing alate), incurved, sparsely and minutely lepidote, lustrous-green with reddish margins to wholly reddish.
Flowers tubular-erect, (sub-) sessile; receptacle obconic, alate-angled when dry, ca. 2-3 mm long;
Sepals thin-coriaceous, with finely veined surface only when dry, elliptic or oblong, 1.6-1.9 cm long, obscurely apiculate, slightly incurved at the extreme apex, almost free, posterior ones bluntly carinate at the base, sparsely and minutely brown-lepidote, less so inside;
Petals slightly turning downward (secund), lanceolate, 3-4 cm long, obtuse, purple-red;
Stamens just exserted, the shorter 3 about equaling and the longer 3 exceeding the pistil and petals, filaments slender, terete, at least near the apex, green, anthers dorsifixed (at 1/2), sagittate, ca. 2 mm long;
ovary ovoid, ca. 5 mm long, tapering or contracted into the slender style.
Capsule cylindric, to over 5 cm long, attenuate, apiculate.
Distribution: Panama to NE. Brazil. Epiphytic in forest, from near sea level to 900 m alt.
10 collections studied. Guyana, Atkinson Field, Graham 522 (K). Surinam: Paramaribo, Kegel 802 ( = syntype, Goet); Brokopondo, van Donselaar 3244, 3272 (U); Para River, Splitgerber 644 (L). French Guiana, near Saul, Ek & Montfoort 180 (U).

Updated 12/11/23