Tillandsia parryi
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Tillandsia parryi
Photos from Derek Butcher 09/07.
Message from Derek Butcher, BSI registrar.
"You probably would not be aware of the changes that the Mexicans came up with early this year regarding this plant and Tillandsia sueae. Some of you may have scrounged a grass offset from me called Tillandsia sueae. If it is still surviving read this carefully.
In Smith & Downs T. parryi is shown as having violet petals. Sue Gardner was the first to query this colour because she found plants with green flowers and violet flowers in the collection areas quoted and checking the herbarium specimens was inconclusive.
Renate Ehlers in her extensive searches agreed with this and we saw T. parryi with green flowers and a new T. sueae with violet flowers. Somehow-don't ask me how-the Mexicans were able to discern from herbarium specimens that T. parryi had violet petals. This meant that T. sueae was synonymous with T. parryi.
What happened to the green flowered plant? This became T. suesilliae !
Plants in Mexico sometimes look exactly the same and the only difference is in the colour of the petals. Renate has recently treated a couple of such plants under the same species names despite me urging her to at call one var. viridiflora! The Mexicans did not address this problem.
After reading that, please enjoy the enclosed photo of a plant I got from Len Colgan who got it from Renate in 1996 because he did not think he could grow it! In 1996 when Len & I visited Renate it would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall. Renate was very fair if she had two spare offsets because it made two people happy. What happened when she only had one? We (sort of) took it in turns with Renate knowing where our specialised interests were. Len liked the big things and I liked the small-I wonder why!"

Mark Supple 10/12, from Maurice Kellet.
Bruce Dunstan 12/22
Bruce Dunstan ... "My Tillandsia suesillae flowered today and with the purple flowers looks more like Tillandsia parryi from its description. Quite the Christmas present."

Tillandsia parryi Baker, J. Bot. 25: 277. 1887.
Type: San Luis Potosí, chiefly in the region of San Luis Potosí, 22degrees N C. C. Parry & E. Palmer 873 (holotype K!; isotypes: GH!, MO!, PH!, US!).
Tillandsia sueae Ehlers, J. Bromeliad Soc. 41: 208–213, f. 6, 9–11. 1991, syn. nov.
Type: Tlaxcala "Puebla", circa urbem Tlaxcala, III-1982, R. & K. Ehlers EM 82134 (holotype: WU 3760!; isotypes: WU 3761!, 3762!).
Detail from Espejo, Lopez-Ferrari and Till in Acta Bot. Mex. 78: 85-95. 2007
Saxicolous or epiphytic, stemless herb, flowering 60-80 cm tall, with funnelform, tank type rosettes, to 65 cm diameter, solitary or forming groups of two or three rosettes.
Leaves numerous, sheaths distinct, pale brown abaxially, dark brown on the adaxial surface, oblong-elliptic, 10-18 cm long, 5.5-10 cm wide, densely lepidote on both surfaces, blades green-greyish, triangular to narrowly triangular, curved, involute in the margins, densely white-lepidote on both surfaces, 44-70 cm long, 3.5-3.7 cm wide, apex long-attenuate.
Inflorescence terminal, erect, compound, bipinnate or occasionally tripinnate at the base, with 12 to 22(-30) adpressed to ascendent spikes,
scape cylindric, 24-35 cm long, ca.7 mm in diameter, covered by the bract sheaths;
scape bracts green-greyish, foliaceous, narrowly triangular, 29-40 cm long, the apex long-attenuate, reducing their size gradually to the distal portion of the scape;
spikes compressed, narrowly oblong, 9-24 cm long, 1.5-2.7 cm wide, stipes 1.5-1.7 cm long, slightly compressed;
primary bracts green-greyish, (5.5-)6.5-31 cm long, those of the distal portion vaginiform;
floral bracts red to orange coloured, longer than the internodes, imbricate, but the rachis visible after anthesis, oblong-elliptic, 2.7-3.6 cm long, 1.2-1.6 cm wide, ecarinate except at the apex, densely to sparsely white-lepidote, glabrescent with age, acuminate;
flowers distichous, adpressed, (6-)9-11 per spike, actinomorphic, tubiform, subsessile;
sepals green, free, elliptic, 2.3-3 cm long, 7.5-10 mm wide, nervate, the two posterior carinate, glabrous, acuminate;
petals free, violet in the apical half, white toward the base, oblong to oblong-spathulate, 4.6-5.2 cm long, 6.5-7 mm wide, acute,
stamens longer than petals, in two series of unequal length,
filaments violet in the apical half, white toward the base, filiform toward the base and flattened toward the apex, 5-5.8 cm long,
anthers black, oblong, 3-3.5 mm long, dosrifixed;
ovary ellipsoid, 7-10 mm long, 1.5-2 mm diameter,
style longer than petals, violet in the apical half, white toward the base, filiform, 5.5-6 cm long,
stigma violet, conduplicate-spiral, papillate.
Capsule green to brownish, fusiform, rostrate, 4.6-5 cm long, 5-7 mm in diameter;
seeds dark-brown, fusiform, 3.5-4 mm long, with a white coma ca. 1.8 cm long.

Examined specimens: Guanajuato: Guanajuato, A. Dugès s. n. (GH); Municipio de Jaral del Progreso, Jaral, W. Schumann 1514 (P, US, WU); Municipio de San Luis de la Paz, cerro El Chapín, por Mesas de Jesús, E. Ventura V. & E. López 9837 (IEB(x2), UAMIZ(x2)). Hidalgo: Municipio de Jacala, cerca de Jacala, E. Matuda 38659 (MEXU(x4)); Municipio de Zimapán, 28.1 miles S of Huejutla along hwy to Pachuca, J. Utley & K. Burt-Utley 7325 (MEXU); Municipio de La Misión, 20 miles N of Jacala, O. van Hyning 594 (US(x2)); Municipio de Metztitlán, Meztitlán, R. Ehlers 942403 (M(x2)); Municipio de San Agustín Mezquititlán, ca. 4 km después de Carpinteros, rumbo a Huayacocotla, J. Ceja, A. Espejo & A. R. López-Ferrari 1298 (UAMIZ(x3)); Municipio de San Agustín Mezquititlán, ca. 6 km después de Carpinteros, rumbo a Huayacocotla, ca. 600 m después del ejido forestal La Selva, J. Ceja, A. Espejo & A. R. López-Ferrari 1300 (CICY(x2), UAMIZ(x2)); Municipio de San Agustín Mezquititlán, 3 km al E del poblado El Rodeo, J. L. López G. 411 (IEB, MEXU, UAMIZ); Municipio de Tenango de Doria, 20 miles N of Jacala, O. van Hyning 594 (US); Municipio de Tlanchinol, 4 km al NE de Tlanchinol, sobre la carretera a Huejutla, J. Rzedowski 32687 (ENCB); Municipio de Zacualtipán de Ángeles, alrededores de Zacualtipán, L. González Q. 342 (ENCB); México: Municipio de Tlalmanalco, cañadas 3 km al S de San Rafael, J. Rzedowski 32714 (ENCB); Nuevo León, Municipio de Santiago, Potrero Redondo, A. Contreras s. n. (MEXU); Municipio de Galeana, Sierra Madre Oriental, San Francisco canyon, about 15 miles SW of pueblo Galeana, C. H. Muller & M. T. Muller 324 (GH, MICH, P, TEX); Municipio de General Zaragoza, Sierra Madre Oriental. Dulces Nombres, and just east of border into Tamaulipas, 24° N, 99.5°-100.5° W, F. G. Meyer & D. J. Rogers 2709 (BR); Municipio de Santiago, mountain 20 miles south of Monterrey, J. D. Staub & E. L. McWilliams s. n. (US(x2)); Municipio de Monterrey, second canyon south of Monterrey toward Tampico, R. Ford Smith M30 (TEX); Municipio de Aramberri, Kreuzung vor Aramberri, Schindhelm 2/93 (M(x2)); Municipio de Aramberri, cerro El Viejo, G. B. Hinton et al. 25169 (IEB, TEX); Municipio de Galeana, Agua Blanca a La Purísima, G. B. Hinton et al. 21831 (IEB, MICH, TEX); Municipio de Galeana, Sierra Madre Oriental, cañón de San Francisco, C. H. Müller s. n. (MEXU(x3)); Municipio de General Zaragoza, cerro El Viejo, G. B. Hinton et al. 22691 (TEX); Municipio de Santiago, trail from La Trinidad to Potrero Redondo, C. H. Müller 2954 (GH, LL, MICH, UC); Querétaro, Municipio de Landa de Matamoros, Llano Chiquito, S. Zamudio R. & E. Carranza G. 10233 (IEB, UAMIZ); Municipio de Landa de Matamoros, Joya del Hielo y alrededores, S. Zamudio R. & E. Pérez C. 9918 (IEB); Municipio de Peñamiller, cerro de San Nicolás Molinitos, S. Zamudio R. 5951 (IEB, UAMIZ(x2)); Municipio de Peñamiller, ladera NE del cerro La Tembladera, 10.5 km al NE de Peña Blanca, S. Zamudio R. 9108 (IEB, UAMIZ); Municipio de Pinal de Amoles, al SW de 4 Palos, E. Carranza G. 2976 (IEB(x2)); San Luis Potosí: Sin municipio, Prov. de San Luis, Virlet D'Aoust 682 (P(x3)); Municipio de Guadalcázar, aproximadamente 5 km de San José de las Flores por camino a Los Amoles a la mitad del camino entre ambos poblados, H. Hernández M., C. Gómez & R. Bárcenas 3273 (MEXU, UAMIZ); Municipio de Zaragoza, 3 km al NE de Calera, A. Rivera 29 (ENCB). tamaulipas: Municipio de Cruillas, Cerro Zamora, vicinity of El Milagro, H. H. Bartlett 11154 (GH(x2), MICH(x2)); Municipio de Jaumave, santa Rita Ranch, 40 miles south Victoria, R. Runyon 1033 (GH, US); Municipio de Bustamante, ejido Ricardo García o La Presita, km 66 carretera Victoria-Tula, M. Martínez, M. Martínez & L. Hernández S. 345 (MEXU); Municipio de Hidalgo, near La Caballada, G. B. Hinton et al. 25188 (IEB, TEX); Municipio de San Carlos, Sierra de San Carlos, ca. 5 m of San Carlos, N side of bufa El Diente, G. Nesom, M. Martínez & J. Jiménez 6299 (TEX); Municipio de San Carlos, Sierra de San Carlos en el cerro del Diente, 7 km (en línea recta) al W de San Carlos, M. Martínez & J. Martínez 2042 (MEXU); 2046 (MEXU); Municipio de San Carlos, cerro Bufa del Diente, S. Zamudio R. 11891 (UAMIZ); Tlaxcala: Sin localidad indicada, Schnée s. n. (P(x2).

Sill (Gardner) (2002) pointed out a possible relationship between the substrate and the flower colour, suggesting that those plants with green petals are saxicolous while those with violet petals are epiphytic. Neither the information of our database nor our personal observations confirm this, since we have reports of plants of Tillandsia parryi growing as epihytes (Ceja et al. 1298, 1300) or as saxicoles (Anderson s.n., Zamudio 9108, Carranza 2976, Martínez & Martínez 2042, 2046).

Tillandsia parryi Baker, Jour. Bot. London 25: 277. 1887.
Desc. from S&D p 963-5
Plant stemless. large, probably at least 15 dm high.
Leaves many in a dense utriculate rosette, 4-8 dm long, densely and finely appressed-lepidote throughout;
Sheaths broadly ovate or elliptic, 15 cm long, ferruginous-lepidote;
Blades spreading, narrowly triangular, caudate-attenuate, 4 cm wide at the base, gray-green, often finely purple-spotted.
Scape erect, stout;
scape-bracts erect, densely imbricate, foliaceous.
Inflorescence densely thyrsoid, at least 4 dm long, 12 cm in diameter, purplish;
Primary bracts with a broadly ovate sheath much shorter than the axillary spike and a narrow foliaceous blade often exceeding it, the uppermost merely apiculate;
Spikes strict, short-stipitate or sessile with several reduced sterile bracts at the base, oblong in outline, acute, 15-20 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, complanate with flat sides;
Rhachis slightly flexuous, slender, angled, glabrous.
Floral bracts erect, densely imbricate but so narrow as to expose the rhachis, ovate, acute, 35-45 mm long, 12-20 mm wide, exceeding the sepals, four to five times as long as the internodes, ecarinate, subchartaceous with a broad dark membranous margin, sparsely and obscurely punctulate-lepidote, even or faintly nerved;
Flowers subsessile.
Sepals lanceolate, acute, 25-30 mm long, ecarinate, chartaceous, prominently nerved, glabrous, equally subfree;
Petals tubular-erect, linear, broadly acute, 4-5 cm long, violet,
Stamens and pistil exserted.
Type. Parry & Palmer 873 (holotype K, isotypes GH, US), region of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 1878.
DISTRIBUTION. Epiphytic and saxicolous, ca 2350 m alt, northeastern Mexico. MEXICO. NUEVO LEON: Pueblo Galeana, Sierra Madre Oriental, 10 May 1934, Muller 324 (GH); La Trinidad to Potrero Redondo, Villa Santiago, 23 Aug 1939, Muller 2954 (GH); Monterrey, 20 Mar 1960, Smith M-30 (TEX). TAMAULIPAS: Santa Rita Ranch, south of Victoria, 7 Apr 1926, Runyon 1033 (GH, US); El Milagro, Cerro Zamora, 25 Aug 1930, Bartlett 11154 (GH, MICH). SAN LUIS POTOSI: Virlet d'Aoust 682 (P); Sierra de Alvarez. San Luis Potosi, 20 May 1951, McVaugh 12282 (MICH). GUANAJUATO :Jaral de Berrio, 17 july 1885, Schumann 1514 (US). HIDALGO: Jocala, 15 Mar 1959, Van Hyning 594 (US).

LOCAL NAME. Jarilla (Runyon 1033).

Tillandsia sueae R.Ehlers J. Brom. Soc.41(5): 208-213. 1991
A Tillandsia parryi Baker, cui affinis, characteribus sequentibus differt: rosula rariter cum prolibus; rami inflorescentiae adscendenti-patentes; bracteae florigerae latiores statu sicco rhachidem plusminusve celantes, carinatae; sepala latiora, ovata, posteriores viventes obtusiter carinata sed sicca carinata; petala violacea. Plerumque epiphytica.
A T. thyrsigera E. Morren ex Baker, cui versimiliter etiam affinis, habitu minore, spicis multo brevioribus angustioribusque et sepalis minoribus ecarinatis recedit.
Typos: Mexico. Estado Puebla: circa urbem Tlaxcala, Martio 1982, R. & K. Ehlers EM 82134 (Holotypus et isotypi WU).

Plant stemless, flowering 60-100 cm high, rosette 60 cm in diameter.
Leaves many in a spreading, funnelform rosette, to 50 cm long, densely and finely appressed-lepidote throughout.
Sheaths distinct, broadly elliptic, to 11 cm long and 6 cm wide, light brown, finely brown punctulate lepidote on both sides.
Blades narrowly triangular, caudate-attenuate, 3 cm wide at base, to 40 cm long, spreading or recurved, green-grey.
Scape stout, erect, short.
Scape bracts foliaceous, few, densely imbricate, concealing the scape, the blades recurved.
Inflorescence thyrsoid, at least 40 cm long, 15-20 cm in diameter, bipinnate to subtripinnate (the lower ones occasionally with a second, smaller lateral spike), compound of 15 or more spikes, inflorescence internodes 2-4 cm long.
Primary bracts with an ovate sheath much shorter than the axillary spike and a narrow, foliaceous, recurved blade exceeding the lower spikes, the upper ones shorter and merely apiculate.
Spikes to 20 cm long, 2-2.5 cm wide, narrowly oblong, dorsoventrally compressed, the flat side directed toward the axis, ascending from 45 to 60 degrees, to 5 cm stipitate, with several sterile bracts at the base, spike internodes 1-2 cm.
Floral bracts erect, densely imbricate, at anthesis rachis not or only slightly visible, rose or green with rose, 3-3.7 cm long, flattened to 1.7 cm wide, exceeding the sepals, ovate, broadly acute, subchartaceous, sparsely punctulate lepidote and inconspicuously nerved on both sides when fresh, slightly carinate.
Sepals 2.5-3 cm long, to 1.1 cm wide, lance-ovate, broadly acute, membranaceous with hyaline margins, green, prominently nerved, glabrous, equally subfree, the posterior ones carinate.
Petals tubular erect, lingulate, apex only slightly curved outward, 5-5.8 cm long, to 0.9 cm wide, violet (#46 amethyst after the color index of Graf in Exotica), base half white.
Stamens and pistil exserted.
Filaments in two series of unequal length, to 6 cm long, the apical third 1 mm wide, ovate in cross-section, green (#80 Nile green), white, thin toward base.
Anthers 3 mm long, elliptical, filaments attached dorsally below the middle, blackish brown, pollen egg-yellow.
Style to 6 cm long excluding the ovary, whitish green, 5 mm violet below the stigma.
Stigma violet, the small lobes erect, papillose.
Ovary 5-7 mm high, 3 mm wide, conical, green.

Tillandsia sueae differs from T. parryi Baker in the following characteristics:
Plant not producing offsets;
Inflorescence branches spreading-ascending;
Floral bracts slightly carinate;
Rachis not visible at anthesis;
Sepals ovate and the posterior ones carinate;
Petals violet, flowering after daybreak, not nocturnal;

From Tillandsia thysigera E. Morren ex Baker, it differs in the
Smaller size,
Much shorter and narrower spikes
Nerved, carinate sepals.

Holotype: Mexico. State of Puebla: near Tlaxcala, March 1982, K. & R. Ehlers EM 82134 (WU).

Sue Sill (Gardner) states in her dissertation (1982); "Saxicolous specimens from Valle de las Fantasmas (San Luis Potosi) have noctural, chartreuse flowers, strict inflorescence branches, strict leaves in a narrow funnelform rosette with numerous offsets.
"Epiphytic specimens collected from south of Monterrey (Nuevo Leon) and south of Xilitla (San Luis Potosi) have lavender corollas and post-daybreak anthesis, spreading inflorescence branches, leaves in a spreading, funnelform rosette.
"These types are distinct enough to be recognized as a distinct species."

Sue Sill accomplished an unusual amount of fieldwork and prepared excellent studies on the genus Tillandsia. She was the first to discover the distinction between these two species. For these reasons, it is an honor for me to dedicate the plant to her.

Additional material examined:
T. parryi Baker. Parry & Palmer 873 (Type); Estdo. San Luis Potosi, between San Luis Potosi and Rio Verde, March 1985, R. & K. Ehlers EM 850301, saxicolous; Estdo. Guanajuato, Monte San Felipe, 1988, leg. L. & K. Kohres s.n., saxicolous; Estdo. Queretaro, between San Juan Rio and Tula de Allende, 1988, leg. L. & K. Kohres s.n., saxicolous.
T. sueae Ehlers. Estdo. Puebla, Sahagun, 1988, leg. L. & K. Kohres s.n., epiphytic; Estdo. Hidalgo, Tolontongo, 1988, leg. L. & K. Kohres s.n., epiphytic.

Tillandsia spec. Prisma de Basaltico by R Ehlers (EM942501 Not yet published spn53 28/5/94)

Plant lithophytic, stemless however with rhizome base with strong root ahesion to the rock, forming adventitious offsets at base, blooming 70-160 cm high, 25-70 cm wide, an upright, somewhat extended rosette.
Leaves to 30-80 cm long, thin leathery, dark-green, seemingly grey green because of appressed grey scales.
Sheaths 8-15 cm long, 6-8 cm wide, oval, convex, inside green, outside green-tan, on both sides finely appressed grey lepidote.
Blades a little distinct from the sheaths, 3-4 cm wide next to sheath, 20-65 cm long, narrow-triangular, long caudate, on both sides dense fine gray appressed scales, weakly (dried strongly) nerved.
Scape upright, roughly as long as the rosette, 15-40 cm long, strong, stocky, the sheaths of the few subfoliate scapebracts are imbricate with their long blades bent downward.
Primary bracts similar to the upper scape bracts, the oval sheaths usually as long as stem of the spikes and extensively covering these, the blade of the lower ones to 20 cm long, narrow-triangular acuminate, bent back strongly, the upper ones short tipped.
Inflorescence upright, 40-90 cm long, 4-12 cm wide, long–thyrsiform, bipinnate or sub-tripinnate from 10 to 20 rather upright side-branches, (with bigger copies, the basal spikes still have one somewhat smaller lateral spike). Internodes of the side-branches 2-3 cm. Rhachis round, glabrous, nerved.
Spikes 7-30 cm long, 12-20 mm,( postfloral to 23 mm)wide, lanceolate complanate, with 2-7 cm long sterile double keeled bracts that cover the rhachis, oval, erect, appressed to the spike rhachis, from 3-19 sessile flowers, odorless, Internodes approximately 1 cm, rhachis very flexuous, four angled, glabrous, hardly visible at anthesis, postfloral very clearly visible.
Flower bracts (3.5)3.8–4.6 cm long, somewhat exceeding the sepals, 1–1.4 cm wide, narrow-elliptical, cuspidate, not keeled, thin leathery, nerved, abaxial shining red.
Sepals 2.8-4 cm long, 8 mm wide, acuminate narrow-elliptical, thin leathery, bright green, glabrous, subfree, 1-2 mm connare with the ovary, the posterior pair keeled.
Petals 5.3–5.6 cm long, 7-8 mm wide, tapering to the base at 5 mm, spatulate, tubular, erect, the tips only very little bent outwards, the throat of the Corolla closed, violet, base white.
Stamens protrude from the flower. Filament 5.6–6.2 cm long, in 2 series of unequal length, upper part 1 mm wide, oval, greenish, tapering downward,
Anthers 5-6 mm long, 1 mm wide, linear, joined versatile 1/3-1/4 from the base, tan,
Pollen egg yellow.
Style 5.6-6 cm long, exceeding the filamente by about 1 cm, upper quarter violet, then shiny yellow-green,
Stigma a little wider than the style, lobes upright or very little spreading, sometimes twisted, violet, type II Brown & Gilmartin,
Ovary 7 mm high, at the base 3 mm, conical, bright-green.

Type: Mexico, Estado Hidalgo, Prisma de Basaltico, close to San Regla, lithophytic, 2,200 m msm. leg. Wolfgang Schindhelm, Berlin, March 1991. Paratype EM 942501, 20. 03. 94 leg. K. & R. Ehlers.
The plant grows on steep basalt-rocks at the edge of a big waterfall.

The plant belongs into the group around T. parryi Baker. The feature of violet-blue flowers immediately attracts attention because T. parryi, (from the surroundings of San Luis Potosi), contrary to the statement of Smith, flowers green.
Sue Gardner points out in her dissertation: The plants with lavender corollas have post daybreak and the plants with chartreuse corollas have dusk anthesis". (However she made these statements for the epiphytic growing tillandsias with violet blooms, which have meanwhile been described as T. sueae.) It is to be suspected however that this statement applies also to the other plants from this group.

The plant differs from T. parryi BAKER:
Funnel-rosette more extended,
Spikes usually longer, to 30 instead of to 20 cm long, usually longer stemmed,
Rhachis of the spikes somewhat more thickly and more strongly flexuous,
Flower bracts red instead of salmon-colored or green, narrower, narrow-elliptic instead of oval, internodes small, (Bracts 3 times as long as the internodes instead of 4 -5 times),
glabrous, not punctulate lepidote, nerved more strongly,
Sepals longer, to 4 instead of to 3 cm, the posterior pair carinate,
Petals violet not green-yellow, spatulate not ligulate,
Stigma violet.

Habitat and range:
The plant points out a certain similarity is portrayed with the statement with the plant that in the book of Shimizu: T. aff. parryi or T. sueae, Queretaro, Road from San Luis Potosi towards Xichu. Unfortunately the comparison material arrived post floral: leg. Shimizu 1992 and is now in the Ehlers Herbarium. In March 1994 we were at the type location and only had one post floral example called EM 94170l. The leaves of this plant are somewhat leathery, the blooms are also violet, the internodes of the floral bracts are even smaller, these are roughly as long as the sepals. We must wait for a second flowering.

Question: Can the same type have green and blue flowers? Should they be a variety on the basis of the not very big other differences? or even subspecies? Or is it an individual type?

No single Tillandsia, that would flower either blue or green, is known to me. In all cases where such statements were done, it was proven that 2 different types were mixed, for example T. violacea and T. prodigiosa, T. limbata and T. dasyliriifolia.

spec. aff. SUEAE (EM982402 Not yet published spn91 26/4/98)
Habitat: Mexico, Jalpan -Xilitla km 232 before El Lobo
Plant stemless, blooming 70 cm high, plant to 50 cm wide, forming an extended rosette with bent outwards blades.
Leaf to 70 cm long, numerous, thin leathery, becoming green or wine-red, on both sides densely very finely appressed scaled.
Sheaths to 15 cm long, 7-8 cm wide, oval, curved with bent edges, adaxial eggplant-colored, abaxial green-lilac, towards the base brown, weakly appressed lepidote adaxial, abaxial stronger.
Blade distinct from the sheath, 4-5 cm wide above the sheath, 25 to 40 cm long, narrow-triangular, the edges arched, tapering to an acuminate bent outwards at the top, tip, nerved, greenish-wine red, adaxial weak, abaxial more strongly small appressed grey lepidote
Scape practically not existing, the spikes beginning in the centre of the rosette.
Inflorescence 50 cm long, 30 cm wide, thyrsoid, the basal half tripinnate, the upper part bipinnate, with more than 30 side-branches, at an angle of 30-45degrees, Internodes 1.5-2 cm. Primary bracts similar to the inner rosette-leaves, the sheaths approximately 1/3 as long as the side-branches, the basal ones with to 30 cm long shining red bent downwards shorter than the blade the upper more shorter and only acute.
Side-branches 8-30 cm long, 3-5 cm long stem, mostly with one long and two shorter side-spikes, singles spike 7-25 cm long, 1.2-2 cm wide, strongly complanate, from 5-20 imbricate flowers plus 2-5 sterile bracts at the base. Rhachis visible, 4 angled, glabrous, red.
Flower bract 3-4 cm long, 1–1.2 cm wide, exceeding the sepal, oval, acuminate, leathery, nerved inside, minutely finely gray lepidote, outside red, glabrous, the sterile bracts at the base clearly keeled, floral bracts not keeled but when dry somewhat keeled
Sepals 2.8 cm long, 4 mm wide, acuminate narrow-elliptic, subfree, not keeled, (keeled when dry.)
Petals 4.5 cm long, above 8 mm wide, tapering to 4-5 mm at the base, forming a narrow tube with closed throat, the tips a little bent outwards, violet with white base.
Stamens protruding from the bloom.
Filaments 4.5–4.8 cm long, in 2 series of unequal length, in the upper part 1 mm in the diameter, almost round, violet, towards the base more narrow, almost ribbon like, shiny green-yellow.
Anthers 3.5-4 mm long, 1 mm wide, brown, joined versatile 1/3 from the base
Pollen egg yellow.
Style 4 mm long, greenish, lilac above,
Stigma 2 mm long, 1.5 mm wide, lobes quite upright, lilac,
Ovary 7 mm high, at the base 3 mm wide, conic, green.

Dear Mr. Till,
I was convinced at the location that it must be an unknown species. The spikes originate without a scape from the rosette, as with T. deppeana, the Primary bracts are very long, there are more side-branches, Rhachis is visible at the time of anthesis, and sepals are narrower.
But now at home I have my doubts as to whether not it could be T. sueae

Updated 25/02/23