Friday, March 4, 2016

Family | Bromeliaceae

Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee)
Etiology: The Bromelia family, is named for 17th century Swedish botanist, Olaf Bromel.

The Bromeliads are a family including pineapple and Spanish moss. The Bromeliads are native mainly to the tropical Americas.

The foliage, which usually grows in a rosette, is colored in a range of shades including maroon, various shades of green, and gold.

Bromeliads have many fascinating adaptations to control water loss and heat adjustment within its metabolism. Scales or hairs, called tricomes, allow bromeliads to capture water in cloud forests and help to reflect sunlight in deserts

Many bromeliads, including pineapple, are believed to originate from the mountainous regions of Brazil.

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