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Tillandsia cyanea (common name pink quill) is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family, native to the rainforests of Ecuador. An epiphytic perennial growing to 50 cm (20 in) high by 50 cm (20 in) wide, it has stemless rosettes of thin, recurved leaves and paddle-shaped spikes of 20 pink bracts with violet flowers, in spring and autumn.[1][2]

Tillandsia cyanea
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Scientific classification
T. cyanea
Binomial name
Tillandsia cyanea
Linden ex K. Koch

The Latin specific epithet cyanea means "blue", referring to the intense purple-violet hue of the flowers.[3]

With a minimum temperature of 7 °C (45 °F), this plant is often cultivated as a low-maintenance houseplant in temperate regions, often sold alongside orchids or by itself.[1] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
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  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Tillandsia cyanea". Retrieved 27 June 2013.