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Deuterocohnia brevifolia


Scientific Name

Deuterocohnia brevifolia (Griseb.) M. A. Spencer & L. B. Sm.


Abromeitiella brevifolia, Abromeitiella chlorantha, Navia brevifolia, Tillandsia chlorantha

Scientific Classification

Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Pitcairnioideae
Genus: Deuterocohnia


Deuterocohnia brevifolia, also known as Abromeitiella brevifolia, is a terrestrial bromeliad with small rosettes, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, of fleshy triangular leaves. It forms large compact rounded mats, up to 6 feet (180 cm) in diameter, of hundreds of rosettes. Leaves are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, with a sharp tip and toothed margins. Flowers are small, cylindrical, intensely green, and grow in the middle of the rosettes on short inflorescences.

How to Grow and Care

Deuterocohnia is a perennial Bromeliad that forms an interesting mounding ground cover. It grows by slowly dividing, into a tight cushion-shaped colony. In its native environments, it is watered perhaps only twice a year, obtaining most of its moisture from the air itself. It is able to obtain extra moisture from ocean fogs that roll in.

This is a nice plant for a small-scale groundcover in rock or succulent gardens. Deuterocohnia makes an interesting specimen plant in containers.

Grow your Deuterocohnia in well-drained humus-rich soil with added pebbles, perlite, hardwood bark or other material to facilitate drainage. Keep in bright light or part sun and water moderately in spring and summer letting it dry between waterings. Limit water during winter. It is probably one of the cold hardiest of the Bromeliads, but detesting winter wet on its foliage proves difficult to keep outside. Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Deuterocohnia.


Native to Argentina and Bolivia.


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