Bromeliads and scarlet gentians

Bromeliads and scarlet gentians

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Caption: Bromeliads on Andes. Bromeliads (Puya sp.) and scarlet gentians (red, Gentiana sp.) growing at 4000 metres altitude on the Andes mountains in South Ecuador. The bromeliads (Bromeliaceae) are a family of leathery-leaved monocotyledons, native to South America. Puya sp. can grow up to 4 metres high and are adapted to living in arid mountainous conditions. The rosette of spiky leaves traps a pool of water at its base, in which organisms ran- ging from microbes to frogs spend their whole life cycle. Hairs at the leaf bases absorb water and nutrients from this miniature pond. The river in the background flows 4000 miles to the Atlantic, but the Pacific is only 40 miles the other way.

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Keywords: andes, andes mountains, angiosperm, angiosperms, botany, bromeliad, bromeliads, gentiana sp., nature, plant, puya sp., scarlet, scarlet gentian, type

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