Habits general overview

Tillandsia Leaf Sheath

Bromeliads range from small plants even by liliopsid standards to some of the most massive-bodied of the monocots. More comparable among the Figure 2.4. Shapes of phytotelm (tank-producing) Bromeliaceae. (A D) Four arrangements of foliage that produce phytotelmata of different numbers, exposures and depths per shoot. (E) Aechmea veitchii with virtually no impoundment capacity. (F) Carnivorous Brocchinia reducta. (G) Mature shoot of Aechmea bracteata cut open to expose central dry chamber for...

Tillandsia Pollination

Stigma Vriesea

Tillandsia sensu Smith and Downs 1977 contains over 500 described species according to the latest count Luther and Sieff 1996 Chapter 13 . This tally will surely grow, although not the size of Tillandsia per se if the views of several authorities prevail. Smith and Downs 1977 listed just 410 species in seven subgenera and one of these segregates, Pseudocatopsis, has already been elevated to Racinaea by Smith and Spencer 1992 . Additional components e.g., subgenus Pseudalcantarea Beaman and Judd...