Bromeliads

Bromeliads are fascinating plants. They range from pineapples to Spanish moss and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. We love them so much we’ve devoted an entire house to them!
Below are some fun and interesting facts you may not know about these tropical plants.

  • There are more than 2,700 species of bromeliads. One of the most well-known bromeliads is the pineapple!
  • They can be terrestrial, growing on the ground; saxicolous, growing on rocks; or epiphytic, growing on other plants and trees.
  • Many bromeliads have stiff, overlapping leaves which hold rainfall like buckets. Leaves and debris fall into these reservoirs and help algae and other single-celled organisms to grow, which in turn feed mosquitoes, insect larvae, and other organisms. The bromeliad is like a small ecosystem in itself—animals such as tree frogs, snails, flatworms, tiny crabs, and salamanders might spend their entire lives inside them!
  • Puya is the largest bromeliad. It can grow up to nine meters (30 feet) tall. It lives in the Andes mountains and is sometimes eaten by bears for its nectar. In Chile, the young leaves of some puyas are eaten in salads.
  • Brazil is home to the most species of bromeliads.
  • Bromeliads with thin leaves like moisture, and those with thick leaves prefer dry conditions.
  • Bromeliads don’t have one main flower. They actually produce an array of smaller flowers on spikes or inflorescences or in rosette shapes.
  • Some bromeliads are faintly scented, while others are heavily perfumed. Blooms from the species Tillandsia cyanea have a fragrance resembling that of clove spice.

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