Guatemalan Christmas Decorations: Gallitos

Guatemalan Christmas Decorations: Gallitos

These tree parasites are known as gallitos or patas de gallo. Once again, I am going to abuse from your kindness and ask to provide the English name for this plant that is often found as a parasite in trees.

Gallitos are an integral part of the Guatemalan Christmas decorations, quite often found underneath the Christmas tree or next to the nacimientos.

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  • These beautifully flowering Bromeliads (Gallitos) thrive on nothing but air and water.

  • Anamaria

    They are commonly called “Air Plants” in the UK because they are epiphytes. Whatever they are called, they are lovely to to look at and a great addition to your current Christmas series.

  • Gatopardo

    Tillandsia is the right name for this gallitos. Quote from :
    “A Tillandsia is a Bromeliad…but not all Bromeliads are Tillandsias. Bromeliad is the Family name. Tillandsia is the genus.”

  • Thank you for the correction, I was also confused with the two names, lol, I forgot about this plant in the Guatemalan Christmas decorations, it has been a long time since I see any pictures from Guatemala, until I subscrive here, have a blessed and Joyful Christmas!!!

  • John S.

    They’re called air plants in the US too. See:

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