Pineapples leaving impressions

Bromeliaceae

  • do you like pineapples
  • they you like bromeliads
  • Bromeliaceae is so much more than pineapples though
  • it’s a family of flowering plants made up of 3,170 different species
  • most of them are specially adapted to a wide range of habitats
  • some have trichomes
  • they’re not just pokey hairs
  • they allow the bromeliads to capture water in cloud forests and
  • and deflect harsh sunlight in deserts
  • they also have developed something called a tank habitat
  • so if you think of a pineapple
  • and think of how tightly bound the leaves are
  • that’s the tank habitat
  • those tightly bound leaves allow the plant to capture water and nutrients
  • to make up for their poorly developed root systems
  • almost all of these plants are found in North or South America
  • except for one species
  • that is native to Africa
  • they prefer high altitude cloud forests or deserts
  • many of them are epiphytes
  • meaning they grow on other plants
  • others are lithophytes
  • meaning they can grow in or on rocks
  • those two characteristics are what allow this plant family to be so wide spread
  • they can grow even where there is no soil
  • just give a bromeliad a surface
  • and it’ll do just fine

We could not boast of such flexibility. Us humans are so testy in what we desire from our environments but bromeliads can withstand the dry heat of a desert or the temperate rains of a cloud forest. Admittedly, bromeliads have the upper hand. Humans are but one species while there are thousands of bromeliads.

But it’s still impressive, none the less.

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