Tillandsia ionantha (IN PROGRESS, TO BE FILLED)
Common Name: bishop's cap
Origin: Astrophytum myriostigma originates from the highlands of northern and central Mexico, in stony, calcareous, or lime soils. It is found within the states of Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí and Tamaulipas, at altitudes of 750 to 1,500 meters above sea level.
Description: The bishop’s cap is a small columnar cactus, solitary or with few basal branches. It possesses 5 ribs, which may increase in number as the cacti becomes more columnar with age, disrupting the star-like form. Small trichomes cover the silvery gray flesh, creating a velvety texture, and there are no spines. Mature plants (up to 6 years) will bloom from spring to early summer, forming aromatic yellow flowers that occasionally possess red centers. These will eventually develop into red, woolly, scaled fruits.
Cultivation and Care:
*This accession was donated by Plant Science undergraduate student Cristian Salazar De Leon in 2019.
Cristian's notes about the plant: