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DESCRIPTION: Magnusiana is one of the softest feeling air plants in the Tillandsia genus. It features beautiful silver leaves that are soft enough to move with the breeze. It also prefers a good amount of air flow so keep this one outside of containers with small openings. At full maturity, magnusiana can grow to be the size of a baseball. This species was described by Marx Carl Ludwig Ludewig Wittmack in 1889.
DISTRIBUTION: This species is native to southern and western Mexico (Jalisco, Veracruz, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas), El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.
FLOWER: This air plant blooms with a squat spike (with few flowers) giving the inflorescence a globose appearance. The bracts of the flowering stem are not very visible and appear with reddish hues. The actual floral bracts are large and conspicuous, covered with scales and brownish red. The non fragrant flowers are tubular, approx 3 to 4 cm long. The color of the petals varies from dark purple to pale purple. The stamens are slightly exserted.