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TILLANDSIA ‘Pochutla’ Butcher D* ?

In the 1970’s a collection of red-leaved Tillandsia ‘capitata’ was made from the area of Pochutla, Mexico and were propagated in California mainly by Bird Rock Tropicals and Rainforest Flora. These were sold by Bird Rock Tropicals as T. capitata rubra and by Rainforest Flora (California) as T. capitata ‘Roja’. In January 2015, the name ‘Roja’ was registered in the BCR because it is widely grown around the world under this name, but no mention was made of where it was collected. Pam Hyatt of Bird Rock Tropicals (California) has suggested that both ‘Roja’ and the illegitimate ‘rubra’ are the same as a plant that German grower Renate Ehlers investigated from a botanist's point of view. In 1986 Rudolf Wuelfinghoff collected a plant near Pochutla in May 1986 and in 1988 Renate went to the same site and collected EM881303. She described it as growing by the thousands, saxicolous and epiphytic, along the main road from Pochutla to Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. It is bigger than T. brachycaulos, has thin red leaves and looks in between T. capitata and T. brachycaulos. Renate referred it to Walter Till and Harry Luther. Harry suggested links to T. cryptantha Baker. T. cryptantha was considered a synonym of T. brachycaulos in Smith & Downs Tillandsioideae Monograph1977 but resurrected to species status by Gardner in 1982. Nothing further was done although Wilhelm Weber did a drawing, see attached. In 1995 Australian grower Derek Butcher was able to import a plant from Renate and it flowered and a few offsets were distributed around Australia as ‘Pochutla’ with a note that it was somewhere between T. capitata and T. brachycaulos. For this reason Derek Butcher is registering the name ‘Pochutla’ so that the history of this plant can be recorded. Derek leaves growers to decide what they think the name of their plant should be. Reg. Doc. 2/2015
Country of origin: South Australia