Tillandsia minutiflora
Was Tillandsia bryoides

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Tillandsia minutiflora
See DI02/14: A Key to Tillandsia subgroup diaphoranthema.
Was called Tillandsia bryoides. See notes below.

Ken Woods 09/04.
Bob Hudson 12/11.
Peter Tristram 05/14* pedicellata on left, minutiflora on right.

Was called Tillandsia bryoides. Note from Derek Butcher 22/12/11.
Many of you grow T. bryoides. Some may have wondered why this is referred to as T. bryoides auct. Now auct means according to the author and I often wondered who the author was because usually we see the name of the person who described the plant with the plant name. Whenever you see auct you realise that the plant name is a problem.
WELL, the problem has now been solved and the plant is now called T. minutiflora Donadio.
Walter Till was involved with the name change so there should not be any immediate challenge to the new name. I rather liked 'Bryoides' if only because of the way it drips off your tongue but alas you will have to change your labels. A 4 page explanation will be part of the next DVD so you can brag to non Tillnuts about the reason for the change of name."

* Peter Tristram 26/05/14 pedicellata (on the left) with the flower stems and minutiflora without - some seed pods on both though, so the base of the pod is the end of the flower stem. This is a small form of minutiflora. Most of the world still calls this little beauty bryoides even most of the Europeans! It's look-a-like, pedicellata, still keeps its name but has a short flower spike and minutiflora doesn't.

Bob Hudson 05/14.
Peter Tristram 05/14 at Heidelberg on left, Lotte Hrondric's on right.

Rob Hudson 22/05/14 "Here are two Tillandsias and I know one has a name change, or do both have the name change?????
The one on the left is one I have been growing for quite some time now and the other I obtained from Brenton 2yrs ago."
Terry Davis 22/05/14 "Very nicely grown plants Tillandsia bryoides is now named Tillandsia minutiflora."
Peter Tristram 22/05/14 "Most of the world still calls this little beauty bryoides – even most of the Europeans! It’s look-a-like, pedicellata, still keeps its name but has a short flower spike and minutiflora doesn’t. Good to see it thriving in the tropical north!"
Bob Hudson 23/05/14 "Are they both Tillandsia minutiflora ??? why I ask is one is 5x larger than the other."
Peter Tristram 23/05/14 "Bob, only one has a flower spike! The larger one has the right ‘look’ though. I’ll take some pedicellata pics and post."
Derek Butcher 23/05/14 "As you say, they look different in size. But one has flowered and the other shows no sign of flowering. Tillandsias are mostly terminal flowerers and therefore stop growing when they flower and give offsets. I guess the long one has acclimatised to your conditions and wants to grow not flower. I would suggest you use the current name T. minutiflora. If you look at the history of Diaphoranthema names you will see they change as often as underwear."
Peter Tristram 23/05/14 "This species comes in many sizes, from tiny to monster (for minutiflora!) – see the pics I took at Heidelberg BG and Lotte’s. T. pedicellata varies a lot too."

Chris Larson 05/18 as pedicellata
Chris Larson ... "I imported this one back 6 years ago as T. pedicillata, not sure where from, I expect from Europe. A very cute little plant. The description states dark violet petals. But it is not like T. minutiflora in the foliage."
Bob Hudson ... "The yellow flower looks like mine above that I bought as T. bryoides."
Derek Butcher ... "In Lyman Smith's days T. pedicellata was treated as a synonym of bryoides (now minutiflora) so I can understand the confusion. T. minutiflora also varies in plant shape and thickness. See attached comparison chart. (Recently a T. pedicellata won a Trophy in Florida but as Herb Plever and I pointed out this was a T. tricholepis.)"
S.DONANDIO. A valid name for Tillandsia bryoides.
Table 1. Morphological differences among Tillandsia tricholepsis Baker, T. minutiflora Donadio and T. pedicellata (Mez) Castellanos.
T. tricholepis
T. minutiflora
T. pedicellata
Stems, length
Long (4-)7-11(-15) cm
Short 1.5-3.5(-6) cm
Short 1.5-3.5(-6) cm
Branches, diameter (leaves included)
4-6 mm
3 mm
5 mm
Leaves (fresh)
6-9 x 1.5 mm
5.5-6 x 0.5-0.7 mm
7.5 x 0.8 mm
Leaf blade, position
Adpressed, straight (erect), or patent straight to slightly recurved
Adpressed, straight (erect)
Adpressed, straight (erect)
Sheath, nervation
Inflorescence, number of flowers
Few (1-)2-5(-7)
Inflorescence, peduncle at anthesis
Inflorescence, peduncle at fruit ripening
Developed to reduced
Developed (sometimes reduced)
Bracts (peduncle and flowers), nervation
Bracts (peduncle) differentiation respect to the leaves
Clearly distinct from the leaves (in shape) with foliose apex becoming shorter towards the distal end of the peduncle
Similar to the leaves (in shape), but 1-nerved and without foliose apex
Similar to the leaves (in shape), but 1-nerved and without foliose apex, becoming shorter towards the distal end of the peduncle
Bracts (peduncle), number
Bracts (peduncle at fruit ripening), arrangement
Dispersed along
Does not correspond
Only at the base (when the peduncle develops)
Bracts (peduncle), pubescence
Densely lepidote all over the surface
Loosely lepidote at the margin and apex
Densely lepidote at the apex
Bract (flower), relative length
As long as the sepals
1/2 the sepal length
As long as the sepals
Bract (flower), apex
Without foliose apex
Without foliose apex
With foliose apex
Bract (flower), pubescence
Densely lepidote all over the surface
Densely lepidote at the apex
Sepals, nervation
Sepals, pubescence
Loosely lepidote at the apex
Densely lepidote in the distal half
Flower, colour
Deep purple

Updated 19/09/18