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Orchid and Flower Photography and Talks by Ron Parsons


Bromeliads are deservedly popular around the world, and are grown for their exquisite colors, forms, textures, blooms, and even fruit (the most delicious bromeliad is the Pineapple!). This New World family has hundreds of species with the greatest number inhabiting the warm tropics, but they can also be found in moist montane forests, and even deserts.  The various species grow on trees, rocks or in soil, and several genera have evolved a “vase” in the center of the rosette, a reservoir for water. An interesting feature of the family is that once a plant blooms, it proceeds to die slowly, replacing itself with one to several “pups”. There are even some that are “monocarpic”, dying completely after blooming and only reproducing by seed. This presentation shows a beautiful assortment of different species in many genera. 

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