Monographs Details: Tillandsia marnier-lapostollei Rauh
Authority: Smith, Lyman B. & Downs, Robert J. 1977. Tillandsioideae (Bromeliaceae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 14 (2): 663-1492. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Description - Plant short-caulescent, with basal offsets, flowering 2.5 m high; stem to 5 dm long and 15 cm thick. Leaves numerous in a broadly funnelform rosette, to 12 dm long; sheaths merging with the blades, 25 cm long, 15 cm wide, covered with fine closely appressed scales, blackish brown above, lighter beneath; blades ligulate with an attenuate apex, 13 cm wide, covered with fine appressed white scales, becoming glabrous above with age, reddish toward apex. Scape erect, ca 1 m high, 3 cm thick at base, carmine red, glabrous; scape-bracts exceeding the 11 cm long internodes, the basal subfoliaceous, the upper broadly ovate, acute, green at base, red-brown and red-punctate at apex, sparsely lepidote. Inflorescence very laxly tripinnate, ca 1 m high and 1.5 m wide; axes flexuous, lustrous carmine red; primary bracts like the upper scape-bracts, much shorter than the 10 cm long laxly bracteate sterile bases of the branches; spikes to 50 cm long, rhachis flexuous, slender, glabrous. Floral bracts downwardly secund with the flowers, broadly ovate, obtuse, cucullate, 12-14 mm long, ecarinate, fleshy becoming rugose when dry, sparsely lepidote; pedicels stout, 5 mm long. Sepals free, broadly ovate, obtuse, 10-12 mm long, exceeding the floral bracts convex, glabrous outside, fleshy becoming sulcate; petals narrowly ligulate, slightly exceeding the sepals, blue-violet; stamens included. Capsule to 2 cm long, green.

Distribution:Ecuador South America| Loja Ecuador South America|