Common Names: Wild Pine, Swollen Wild Pine
Habit: Tillandsia utriculata grows without discernible stems up to 2 m in height. 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, linear triangular, to 7 cm wide at the base and 1 m in length.
The actinomorphic flowers, each with a subtending bract, are arranged in a panicle of spikes that is 2 -3 times the length of the leaves. The bracts are greenish and tightly appressed to the peduncle. There are 3 green unfused sepals in the calyx that exceed the length of the bracts. There are 3 white 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. utriculata grows as a solitary plant and dies off after a single flowering event.
Habitat: Tillandsia utriculata as an epiphyte or lithophyte in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation- Forest/Shrublands (coppice) with a limestone substrate.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Tillandsia utriculata grow on all island groups within the Bahamian Archipelago as well as Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean region and central and south America