Epiphytic bromeliad, Vriesea platynema

Epiphytic bromeliad, Vriesea platynema

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Caption: Bromeliad epiphytes. View of numerous plants of Vriesea platynema (family: Bromeliaceae) growing as epiphytes on the branches of another plant. Bromeliads are adapted to living in dry conditions (they are xerophytes). They possess a rosette of stiff leaves which funnels water into a reservoir formed by the sheathing overlapping leaf bases. Hairs at these leaf bases absorb water and dissolved nutrients. Most species of Bromeliad are epiphytes, plants that have no roots in the soil, and obtain nutrients from the air and rain. Vriesea is a genus of some 190 species, some of which are used ornamentally. Photographed in Venezuela, South America.

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Keywords: angiosperm, angiosperms, botany, bromeliad, bromeliads, epiphyte, nature, plant, type, vriesea, vriesea platynema, xerophyte

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