Tillandsia fasciculata, the Cardinal airplant;
Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023
The Cardinal airplant is a fantastically brilliant epiphytic plant ranging throughout most of southern Florida (as well as the Caribbean and much of Central America). As an epiphytic plant, this species does not grow its roots in soil. Instead, it clings to, in a manner of speaking, and grows upon a variety of trees. This, in turn, provides extra habitat and cover for small creatures such as frogs and lizards. Though we occasionally see Cardinal airplants in Volusia county, they are extremely abundant throughout most of South Florida.