Floridana Tropical Plants
Bromelia pinguin

Charles PLUMIER, the French botanist, named this genus in honor of the Swedish physician and botanist Olf BROMELIUS (1639-1705). A fine sounding and noteworthy name, which also gave rise to the name of the family. BROMELIACEAE, in plain English: the bromeliads.

The genus Bromelia consists of approximately 50 species. With few exceptions, they are large plants with heavily spined leaves, that grow from one to two meters long. In rural areas, some of these serve as fences, since their barbed spines create an impenetrable barrier for humans and even cattle.

Consequently, species of Bromelia are not suitable for cultivation in the home or greenhouse. Their distribution ranges from through Central America to South America and the West Indies.
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