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In 1738, Carl von Linné erects the genus Tillandsia. He names her in honor of the Finnish botanist Elias Tillandz (1640-1693) (also Erici Til-Landz).The story behind it is quite entertaining:Tillandz was said to have been so badly seasick on a sea voyage from Turku to Stockholm that he decided to walk home rather laboriously. Tilllands means in Swedish: on land.LINNE named the genus after his water-shy colleagues Tillandz, because he was convinced that these plants would not like water.Today, between 500 and 600 Tillandsia species are known. It is the largest genus in the family of the pineapple family (Bromeliaceae)

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