Wikipedia seems to say it best: “The Bromeliaceae (the bromeliads) are a family of monocot flowering plants of around 3,170 species native mainly to the tropical Americas, with a few species found in the American subtropics and one in tropical west Africa, Pitcairnia feliciana. They are among the basal families within the Poales and are unique because they are the only family within the order that has septal nectaries and inferior ovaries. These inferior ovaries characterize the Bromelioideae, a subfamily of the Bromeliaceae. The family includes both epiphytes, such as Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides), and terrestrial species, such as the pineapple (Ananas comosus). Many bromeliads are able to store water in a structure formed by their tightly-overlapping leaf bases. However, the family is diverse enough to include the tank bromeliads, grey-leaved epiphyte Tillandsia species that gather water only from leaf structures called trichomes, and a large number of desert-dwelling succulents.”
Here in Costa Rica there are a vast number of varieties that grow here. Too many to even name for sure. The Botanical Garden close by that Peter operates has many since he grows many of his species from seed. For me it is easy, I go over to Peter’s, pick out the ones I want and take them home. I started this two summers ago and so far they have prospered. It is very hard to kill these plants although not impossible. These plants usually bloom once a year and then provide offspring called a pup. Once separated from the main plant they can be planted on their own to grow and bloom. So far I have about 7 or 8 pups growing. I have no idea what the names of these are, but I do admire them for there unique beauty.
These are our first bougainvillea blossoms. Amazing what a little sun light will do for plants. The others grow under the shade of the house and do not bloom.
It is impressive the diversity of flora that can be found in the tropics, this is just one example. Pura Vida…