tillandsia

noun
til·land·sia | \tə-ˈlan(d)-zē-ə \

Definition of tillandsia 

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

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As for water, tillandsias take it in through scales on their leaves — trichomes, actually. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "What’s the easiest houseplant to grow?," 25 Jan. 2018 Look for tillandsias at your local nursery, or visit tropiflora.com. Southern Living, "Source Guide - January 2013," 3 Dec. 2012 Look for tillandsias at your local nursery, or visit tropiflora.com. Southern Living, "Source Guide - January 2013," 1 Jan. 2013

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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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