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Cardinal Airplant in Saltmarsh


Cardinal Airplant in Saltmarsh, Everglades National Park, Florida, United States

© Judd Patterson (Photo #1146)

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 17-40mm f/4L at 21mm
Date: April 18, 2009
Location: Everglades National Park (Florida)

Comments: The Cardinal Airplant (Tillandsia fasciculata) is one of Florida's beautiful native bromeliads. These epiphytes grow on other plants, but they derive their moisture directly from the atmosphere. Their beautiful flowers spikes can be seen year-round, but they seem particularly abundant near the end of the dry season in April and early May. Unfortunately they are are considered to be threatened in Florida due to the Mexican bromeliad weevil that has been documented in 22 Florida counties.