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Picture by Photography © Mason Fischer, All Rights Reserved. Courtesy International Expeditions, Inc.. Apr 2004.


Bromeliads are a Neotropical family which means they grow virtualy exclusively in the New World tropics (and subtropics). They range from Chile and Argentina in South America through Cental America and the Caribbean reaching their northern limit aroung Virginia in the southeastern US. Bromeliads altitude range is from sea level to over 14,000 feet. The most well-known bromeliad is the pineapple. They can be found in a wide variety of habitats from hot, dry deserts to moist rainforests to cool mountainous regions. They are found in a variety of growing situations; those shown are the Epiphytic species, which are found growing on other plants, usually trees, shrubs or cactus but somtimes they can be found on telephone poles or even on the telephone lines themselves. This capability to take their nutrition and moisture from the atmosphere has earned these bromeliads the name "Air Plants." (From: Bromeliad Society International)
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