- any of numerous, chiefly epiphytic bromeliads of the genus Tillandsia, including Spanish moss and many species cultivated as ornamentals.
Origin of tillandsia
< New Latin (Linnaeus), after Elias Tillands, 17th-century Finno-Swedish botanist; see -ia
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Examples from the Web for tillandsia
It is composed almost entirely of dead cane leaves, a little Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides), and a few skeletonized leaves.
The moss (tillandsia usneoides) served to calk the rude vessel of the first French colonists, longing for home.
He next tore off several bundles of the tillandsia, and placed it over the spot thus wattled.The White Chief
We spent half-an-hour in dragging the tillandsia from the trees, and collecting the soft leaves of the pawpaws.The Quadroon
The insects in the water which ought to nourish the Bromeliad (Tillandsia) are really used by the Utricularia.The Romance of Plant Life
G. F. Scott Elliot
- any bromeliaceous epiphytic plant of the genus Tillandsia, such as Spanish moss, of tropical and subtropical America
C18: New Latin, named after Elias Tillands (died 1693), Finno-Swedish botanist