13808 - Bromeliads (Wild) - 2018-03-24|
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Locality: Ecuador, Azuay Province - At 2800 m elevation on side road west from Portete (south of Cuenca).
Photographer: Jerry Raack
Note: This bromeliad likely belongs in the Tillandsia maculata/tovarensis complex. It is a very large plant growing to 2.4 m tall (computed using my height against the height of the plant I am next to. It grew terrestrially among trees which provided some shade, and in the case of the one I'm standing next to, it was at the base of a tree where the branches snaked up through the tree which is why that inflorescence is so crooked compared to the straight inflorescence of the other 2 plants shown. Even the first plant shown is in the early stages of anthesis and will expand in height and width as it matures. A large grower at high elevation. (Sent: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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