The Tillandsia xerographica it is the largest species among those belonging to this genus of the family Bromeliaceae. It is native to Central America: like most plants of the genus, it is characterized by the complete absence of roots – for this reason the roots of the plant are Tillandsia they are called ‘aerial plants': in nature it grows mainly on other plants and the water necessary for photosynthesis draws it from the humidity of the air. Also the Tillandsia xerographica it is covered by a velvety patina, consisting of’ trichomes', which open when the humidity is low and close, to prevent evaporation, when the humidity is high: the color is therefore a silvery green fleece.
The T. xerographica it has particularly wide leaves compared to other species and can reach considerable sizes. Sometimes it produces a beautiful multi-colored flower.
Due to its characteristics, it is particularly suitable for rooms, such as bathrooms and kitchens, where humidity is high, provided in rather bright environments. However, it can also be kept in other rooms with abundant but not direct light, remembering to vaporize it often or, even better, immersing it for a while in water, then extract it and shake it gently to eliminate excess water. It is desirable to do this operation even when receiving plants. Does not like absolutely low temperatures and should not be prone to diseases and pests. It can be placed on any support (stones, metals, pieces of wood, etc.,) or be put in large glass bubbles.
If it forms young shoots, these can be detached from the mother plant once it reaches a certain size, about 25% of the mother plant: they will grow independently with extreme ease.
Curiosity: The name of the species, xerographica, comes from two Greek words: ‘xeros‘, which means dry, and’ graphia', which translates with writing. We can say that this plant ‘with its leaves 'writes' long sentences with a dry 'ink'.