Monographs Details: Tillandsia ampla Sodiro ex Mez & Mez
Authority: Smith, Lyman B. & Downs, Robert J. 1977. Tillandsioideae (Bromeliaceae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 14 (2): 663-1492. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Description - Plant flowering 6-10 dm high. Leaves rosulate, 6 dm long; sheaths ovate-elliptic, very large, brown, densely and minutely lepidote; blades narrowly triangular, 4-7 cm wide, rigid when dry, covered with appressed cinereous scales. Scape erect, stout, terete, subglabrous; scape-bracts erect, foliaceous, much exceeding the internodes. Inflorescence erect, much exceeding the leaves, bipinnate; axes glabrous; primary bracts rigid, much shorter than the spikes, the lower triangular with foliaceous decurved green blades, the upper ovate-elliptic, acute; spikes arching-decurved, stipitate with 1-2 sterile bracts at base, sublanceolate, acuminate, 19 cm long, 3 cm wide, 14-flowered, complanate. Floral bracts densely imbricate, covering the rhachis and exceeding the sepals, 45 mm long, carinate, straight and nerved toward apex, sublustrous; flowers subsessile. Sepals equally subfree, lance-elliptic, narrowly obtuse, chartaceous, glabrous outside, punctulate-lepidote inside, nerved, the posterior carinate; petals 47 mm long; stamens included.

Distribution:Ecuador South America| Pichincha Ecuador South America|