Wallisia cyanea, or pink quill, is a species of plant of the genus Wallisia 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.[2]

Wallisia cyanea
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Tillandsioideae
Genus: Wallisia
W. cyanea
Binomial name
Wallisia cyanea
Barfuss & W.Till[1]
  • Phytarrhiza lindenii É.Morren
  • Tillandsia cyanea L.B.Sm.
  • Tillandsia lindenii K.Koch
  • Tillandsia morreniana Regel
  • Wallisia lindenii É.Morren

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.[2] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]

Wallisia cyanea was formerly placed in Tillandsia, but following DNA analysis, was reassigned to Wallisia.[5]

Cultivars of W. cyanea include Wallisia 'Anita' and Wallisia 'Sandy'.[6][7]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Wallisia cyanea Barfuss & W.Till". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  2. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  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.
  5. ^ "Bromeliads in Australia - DNA / New genera". www.bromeliad.org.au. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  6. ^ BSI BCR Entry for 'Anita'
  7. ^ BSI BCR Entry for 'Sandy'