Common Names: Clustered Wild Pine, Common Wild Pine, Stiff Leaved Wild Pine, Dog Water Drink, Cardinal Airplant,
Habit: Tillandsia fasciculata grows without discernible stems. The leaves are in a rosette forming a series of cups at their base that can hold water and detritus. The leaves are parallel veined, involute towards the tips, 30-80 cm in length, acuminate to 3 cm wide and are a covered with a wax like coating.
The actinomorphic flowers, each with a subtending bract, are arranged in a panicle of spikes that is shorter in length than the leaves. The bracts are pinkish red turning yellowish and tightly appressed to the peduncle. There are 3 green unfused sepals in the calyx. There are 3 pinkish purple petals in the corolla. There are 6 stamens that are longer than the petals. The ovary is superior with 3 locules and numerous seeds. The fruit is a capsule. Each seed has a tuft of hair to assist in dispersal.
T. fasciculata grows in clumps and does not die off after flowering.
Habitat: Tillandsia fasciculata as an epiphyte or lithophyte in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation- Forest/Shrublands (coppice) with a limestone substrate.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Tillandsia fasciculata occurs throughout the southern and northern island groups of the Bahamian Archipelago, southern Florida, the Caribbean region and Central and South America.