The bromeliad, Puya hamata, in Ecuador

The bromeliad, Puya hamata, in Ecuador

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Caption: Puya hamata, a member of the Bromeliaceae family showing some flower spikes (4 metres high) in the distance. The small flowers in the head supply nectar to the many species of hummingbirds living in Rio Mazan, Azuay, Ecuador, where this picture was taken. The spiky rosette of leaves at the base is home for several species of lizards and frogs. Bromeliads are adapted to living in dry conditions (a xerophyte). The rosette of narrow stiff leaves funnel water into a tank formed by the sheathing overlapping leaf bases. Hairs at the leaf bases absorb water and dissolved nutrients. Most species are epiphytes, plants that have no roots in the soil, and obtain nutrients from the air and rain.

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Keywords: angiosperm, angiosperms, botany, bromeliad, bromeliads, nature, plant, puya hamata, puya sp., type, xerophyte

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