Nizanda, Oaxaca is located in the Isthumus of Tehuantepec. It is primarily a tropical dry forest with some unusual limestone outcroppings. It is known for it's hot springs, caves and diverse plant populations. Several species are unique to this area and bear the locality name - Encyclia nizandensis, Agave nizandensis, Anthurium nizandensis and the not yet published Tillandsia nizandensis. Other plants in Nizanda are Ficus petiolaris, Ficus pertusa, Ficus ovals, Beucarnea sp., Busera excel, Plumeria rubra, Hechtia isthmusiana, Tillandsia concolor, T. ionantha, T. makoyana, T. schiedeana and T. caput medusae to name a few.
One of our customers recently asked, "What is the best way to grow T. pamelae ?"
T. pamelae, (yes, this one was named after me), like many large, tank- type tillandsias is a saxicolous species. This means that it is found growing on rocks. What you may not realize is that these larger tank type tillandsias, (T. pamelae, T. grandis, T. rauhii, etc.) are using their roots to anchor to the rocks faces. Their roots will enter crevices in the rocks and fix them securely to the steep cliffs. It can be very difficult to detach them once they are established. Mature specimens have been attached up to 15 - 20 years! The rocks not only provide reflective warmth from the sunlight, but also are a source of moisture.
Horticulturalist & Explorer Specializing in the Genus Tillandsia.