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Bailey's Ball-moss (Tillandsia baileyi)

Photo Credit: San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Bromeliaceae
  • State: TX
  • Nature Serve ID: 140082
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Categories of Interest: Cacti/Succulents
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Where is Bailey's Ball-moss (Tillandsia baileyi) located in the wild?


coastal live oak high humidity semi-desert on live oak or ebony ebony-snakeye plant community



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Bailey's Ball-moss can be found in Texas

Which CPC Partners conserve Bailey's Ball-moss (Tillandsia baileyi)?

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Conservation Actions

Tina Stanley
  • 08/29/2022
  • Seed Collection Living Collection

As of August 2022, San Antonio Botanical Garden holds this species in living collection and has conducted propagation research.

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Known only from southern Texas (where it is rare) and adjacent Tamaulipas, Mexico. Some sites have been extirpated by urban expansion. In the vegetative form, this species is often mistaken for another, common species that is widely, but incorrectly, believed to be parasitic, and is often sprayed with poisons. Collectors have also contributed to this species' rarity.

  • 01/01/2010

< 1000 individuals in 4 sites in TX and Mexico

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Taxon Tillandsia baileyi
Authority Rose ex Small
Family Bromeliaceae
CPC Number 12166
ITIS 42360
Duration Perennial
Common Names Bailey's Airplant | Bailey's Ballmoss | Tillandsia de Bailey [Spanish] | reflexed airplant
Associated Scientific Names Tillandsia baileyi
Distribution NA
State Rank
State State Rank
Texas S2
Ecological Relationships


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