Its habits resemble those of the northern race, but it nests in the hanging, gray tillandsia or Spanish 'moss' instead of in usnea.
"What Bird is That?" by Frank M. Chapman
TILLANDSIA, L. LONG MOSS.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
Tillandsias can live for several years.
It's normal for some of the lower leaves the Tillandsias to dry out as the plant grows or acclimates to a new environment.
One of the very best plants for cool locations are Tillandsia, so called "air plants" because they take in all their nutrient through their leaves and not roots.