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Definition of tillandsia

: any of a large genus (Tillandsia) of chiefly epiphytic plants of the pineapple family native to tropical and subtropical America

Examples of tillandsia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This San Francisco favorite has a multitude of terrariums and tillandsias to satisfy any desire … to fill your home and patio with air plants. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 25 July 2019 Although there are a few tillandsias that can live in full sun, most require dappled shade. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 25 July 2019 Spray, don’t soak Many people suggest soaking tillandsias, but the recommendations range anywhere from 30 minutes twice a week to 3 hours every month. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 25 July 2019 Dig Gardens This Santa Cruz standout has a wide assortment of tillandsias — air plants — in hanging planters, wall decor and terrariums. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 25 July 2019 Rosen first became enamored with tillandsias during family vacations to Hawaii. Emily Young, latimes.com, 8 June 2019 Picture the exotic-looking and increasingly popular tillandsia. Emily Young, latimes.com, 8 June 2019 As for water, tillandsias take it in through scales on their leaves — trichomes, actually. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Jan. 2018 Look for tillandsias at your local nursery, or visit tropiflora.com. Southern Living, 3 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of tillandsia

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tillandsia

New Latin, from Elias Tillands †1693 Finnish botanist

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“Tillandsia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tillandsia. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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