Someone got promoted to SPECIES status! Tillandsia ionantha var. vanhyningii was first described by Mulford B. Foster in 1957. Foster discovered the now Tillandsia vanyningii (pronounced van-HIGH-nin-gee-eye) in the Sumidero Canyon of Chiapas, Mexico, growing along steep limestone cliffs in large formations. At first glance, Foster was sure it was a new species, but after blooming and observing the plant, it appeared they have the same composition as many other forms of ionantha. In a paper published last year, Carlos Beutelspacher and Roberto Garcia Martinez argued for the reclassification of Tillandsia ionantha var. vanhyningii by elevating it to species status due to the caulescent growth habit not observed in other varieties or cultivars of ionantha. The name change was accepted, and so Tillandsia vanyningii is born. The name, which can be difficult to say honors long time Tillandsia collectors, the Van Hynings.