Tillandsia have about 650 species they are native to the forests, mountains and deserts of northern Mexico and south-eastern United States and the Caribbean to mid Argentina.

Their leaves, more or less silvery in color, are covered with specialized cells capable of rapidly absorbing water that gathers on them.

They are also commonly known as Airplants because of their natural propensity to cling wherever conditions permit: telephone wires, tree branches, barks, bare rocks, etc.