A large family of plants with 56 genera, found in South America (although one species is found in West Africa). The rosette-forming bromeliads grow in all habitatsâ€“ rainforests to desertsâ€“ and up to 7000 meters. Some are terrestrial (the most famous being pineapples) and some grow on rocks, but bromeliads are best known as piphytesâ€“ that is, they grow on other plants. Bromeliads use water efficiently and many species have "tanks" â€“ that is, leaves that funnel and store water in the center of the plant. Many animals, such as insects and amphibians, live and breed in these tanks.
A member of the pineapple family of plants, usually epiphytic (requires support from another plant), with stiff leathery leaves, and spikes of bright flowers.