Learning about Rainforests

Bromeliads


Bromeliads


Bromeliads are related to the pineapple family. Their thick, waxy leaves form a bowl shape in the centre for catching rainwater. Some bromeliads can hold several gallons of water and are miniature ecosystems in themselves providing homes for several creatures including frogs and their tadpoles, salamanders, snails, beetles and mosquito larvae. Those that die decompose and furnish the plant with nutrients. One bromeliad was found to contain several small beetles, crane flies, earwigs, a frog, a cockroach, spiders, fly larvae, a millipede, a scorpion, woodlice and an earthworm!










Bromeliads Buttress Roots Carniverous Plants
Epiphytes Lianas Orchids
Saprophytes Stilt/Prop Roots Strangler Fig
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