8/25/16: Tillandsia ionantha rubra; Also known as a type of air plant or epiphyte, Tillandsias’ collect their water and nutrients from the air, directly into their leaves. They are able to do this through things called trichomes, little parts of the leaves that stick out in order to catch moisture/nutrients and push them down into the leaf. You can actually see them on this particular species, as they give the leaves the appearance of being “fuzzy”. 

As for roots, this plant does have them! But they’re small, and the only purpose they serve is to anchor the plant to something like a tree branch.

This species is also known for it’s leaves blushing red either before or after blooming! (You can kinda see it in the last photo of it’s bloom there)