The Cardinal Airplant (Tillandsia fasciculata), also known as the Common Wild Pine and the Quill-
This perennial plant forms a rosette of stiff, green gray leaves. The slender leaves, averaging 8-
The leaves of an air plant have a funnel shape that directs water down to its roots. In the center of the plant is a water reservoir. This water attracts animals like frogs and insects, thus helping them to survive a long dry spell.
The top image was taken in March, 2009 at the Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve in Lee County. The middle two images were taken in February, 2002 in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County. The lower image was taken in May, 2002 at Hickey’s Creek Park in Lee County.
The distribution maps for the Cardinal Airplant are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).