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This folks is something I've never seen before. It is a ball of blooming Tillandsias. Tillandsias are commonly referred to as "Air Plants". The plants do have roots, however the roots are for the purpose of anchoring the plant, not really feeding it. They receive nourishment from the moisture in the air!
As a family, we have had Tallandsias before, but we have had minimal success with getting them to flower.

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Viking-Love Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
reminds me of fireworks. I had an air plant but I never even knew it could flower. :)
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
Thanks! :D
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Viking-Love Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
Welcome :)
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lagunawhitecheese Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Beautiful! The detail is crisp!
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Thanks so much! It's one of the advantages of using a bit of flash... :nod:
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lagunawhitecheese Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
wow!
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
My grandmother had one but it never flowered. That's cool!
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Thanks! :D
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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phoenix75 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Wow, that is gorgeous. I would love to have one of those plants. So colorful. Great shot, too. :heart:
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Actually this is a ball of a whole bunch of these plants. Problem is you have to live in like 100% humidity for them to do this type of blooming! :nod:
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phoenix75 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
Well, that takes care of that wish. Way too dry here. Sure is pretty. :hug: :heart:
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
:nod: You can get these little plants pretty easy and then keep them in an aquarium setup like a terrarium, though. You just have to keep the heat around 80, and the moisture in there up. :D
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phoenix75 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
Thanks for that tip. Maybe after we get settled somewhere I can do that. :heart: :D
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
:D
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eskimoblueboy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I've never seen it before either. Wonderful photo. Hope this means you are feeling a little better. :)
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Thanks, Ralph. I'm a little better, Alice is still having a tough time of it though. :nod:
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LadyLyonnesse Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Wow, Bob, I 'grew' Tillandsia for years and never had one flower. The people growing this must have a greener thumb than I.
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
You now I ether one live in a rainforest! :rofl: The Orchid conservatory is a rain forest environment. I suppose it requires a lot of moisture to get these dudes to perform like this! :nod: Like I said we used to have a bunch of them and ocassionally we'd manage to get one to bloom, but NEVER like this! :no:
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