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TILLANDSIA ‘Olive’ ? / Margaret Paterson* 1991

Mature large rosette to approximately 45cm. diameter x 60cm. high in spike. Many recurving, relatively-narrow, scurfed, silvery grey-green leaves taper to a point and are tinted pink in strong light. T. 'Olive' differs from similar hybrids such as T. 'Silver Queen' by having fewer branches in the coral-stemmed inflorescence. Each ovoid-shaped, greenish yellow paddle, up to 15cm. long, is much more inflated and bears a red margin to each bract, making a distinctive inflorescence with lavender flowers. Named in honour of Olive Trevor, renowned plantswoman and Patron of the Bromeliad Society of Queensland Inc.. Grown from seed gifted to Margaret Paterson by Olive Trevor in 1992 from her Olive Branch nursery stock in Brisbane. The seed was an accidental birds-n-bees cross in 1991 collected from T. jalisco-monticola in 1992 which was growing in close proximity to several T. xerographica. The first flowering occured in 2012, 20 years after sowing the seed. Reg. Doc. 8/2018 by Grant Paterson
Country of origin: Queensland Australia

Seed Parent: jalisco-monticola Pollen Parent: xerographica ?