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New bromeliad garden planted over main pond
This month, The Living Rainforest planted a new aerial garden of bromeliads near the main pond. (Many bromeliads are epiphytic, or grow on trees and other plants.)
This family of flowers contains over 3000 species, the most common being the pineapple (Ananas comomus). The greatest number of species can be found in Brazil though they range from Argentina in S. America all the way up to Virginia in the USA, and one species has been found in W. Africa.
Bromeliad leaves are arranged spirally and sometimes overlap tightly to form a pool of water, causing them to be called ‘urn plants’. Plant debris, insects and even small animals get trapped in the pool and their nutrients are absorbed by the plant. Bromeliad leaves have tiny scales, called trichomes, but these are barely noticeable on species growing in humid tropical areas.
Unusually, some bromeliads open their flowers at night to attract bats for pollination and close them during the day.
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