TILLANDSIA CAPUT-MEDUSEA (kap'it-mi-dew'see) From Mesico and Central America, where it grows on trees in harsh, windswept areas and dry regions and especially in deciduous forests at altitudes of 3,000 to 5,000 feet. Twisted, narrow, thick, channeled leaves about 1 foot long, seem to be forever squirming about a large, bulbous base. The leaves glisthen with soft gray scales. The peduncle, about 1/2 foot long, bears three to four short spikes. The bracts are red; the petals, pale blue.