The ever-so-popular Tillandsia xerographica [pronounced: zero-grafika] is a favorite among air plant collectors, hobbyists and novices alike. With its unique round shape boasting thick, silvery curling leaves and bright orange blooming spikes, it is no wonder this species of air plant has been in high demand and frequently exported from Central America since the 1980s.
When referring to air plants, you will often hear the term "Tillandsia" which is the genus of the plant. Tillandsia is the largest genus in the Bromeliaceae, or Bromeliad, family with over 600 natural and hybrid species. The name derives from the Swedish botanist and physician from the 17th century, Dr. Elias Tillandz.