Aechmea fasciata (Urn Plant)

Aechmea fasciata (Urn Plant), aka Silver Vase, Aecmea, Piñuela, Lengua de Suegra o Bromelia Fasciada, is a species of flowering plant in the Bromeliad family, native to Brazil. This plant is probably the best known species in this genus, and it is often grown as a houseplant in temperate areas. I thought I was done…

The Rosette of the Bromeliad

Rosettes in botany are leaves that grow concentrically in a circular arrangement with all the leaves at a similar height. Rosettes are usually seen near the soil. Their structure, however, is known to be an example of a modified stem, and a mechanism of self protection from the plant. It is known to have a self protective function to…

Aechmea blanchetiana at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens

Aechmea blanchetiana is a bromeliad typical of Atlantic Coast restingas. Restingas are ecosystems of Atlantic Forests biomes. This plant also grows in Brazil, Southern Florida, California, and other neotropical regions. It is also often used as an ornamental plant. The inflorescence comes from the center of the plant, reaching up to 4-6 feet tall. The branched stalk is entirely…

Aechmea chantinii ‘Black Ebony’ at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens

Aechmea chantinii is a bromeliad native to the Amazon Rainforest vegetation in Brazil and now there are several cultivars with different colors and variety in their leaves. They are also commonly known as Amazonian Zebra Plants and have been hybridized in many tropical zones. They are often named according to how variegated their leaves are and the vibrancy of their colors. This variety is called ‘Black…

The Coquí and the Bromeliads

The Bromeliaceae (the bromeliads) are a plant family of around 3,170 species native mainly to the tropical Americas, with a few species found in the American subtropics and tropical west Africa. 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. This water is is essential, as the bromeliads collect nutrients…

The True Blossom of the Bromeliad

Bromeliad Blooming (guzmania ingrijire) ISO 500, 1/60, f/5.6, @60mm Guzmania is a genus that belongs to the bromeliad family. Guzmania bromeliads are named after Anastasio Guzman, a Spanish naturalist of the eighteenth century. They are native to South America. These tropical plants are perennials and are mostly found to be epiphytes.    An epiphyte is a plant…