Vriesea is a genus of the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Tillandsioideae. The genus name is for Willem Hendrik de Vriese, Dutch botanist, physician (1806–1862). Its species are widespread over Mexico, Central America, South America and the West Indies.
Containing some of the largest bromeliad species, these tropical plants harbor a wide variety of insect fauna, unlike the smaller Catopsis species. In the wild, frogs may go through their whole life cycle in a bromeliad. This genus is closely related to Guzmania. Both Guzmania and Vriesea have dry capsules that split open to release parachute like seeds similar to the Dandelion (Taraxacum sp.). Most Vriesea are epiphytes and grow soil-less on trees. they have no roots but have special hold fasts that do not take in any nutrients. All nutrients are taken in through the center “tank” made by a rosette of leaves.
I am not sure if I have posted these photos but I love the colours of these unusual plants.
Here is some more information about this brightly coloured flower:
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Good morning from a cold and windy Hastings day. I think that winter has decided to make an entrance now. Yesterday I was so lucky. When I got up yesterday morning it was raining rather hard. I had my social snapper’s group but still had something planned for wet weather. But to my surprise the weather cleared up in time and we spent a lovely hour wandering around Hastings looking at all the Art Deco features and the sun really made the buildings shine. Then, when I got home again the weather changed back to being wet and miserable. Talk about a lucky break.
Anyway Krista over at The Daily Post has asked us for our photos showing something being enveloped. So I found this photo of a Vriesea plant. I took it at the hot house in Cornwall Park last week with my social snappers group. As everyone knows I am hopeless with names of plants. But while wandering around I found some plaques with names of the plants and information. Another one of my doh moments. I have loads of photos from this place but never thought to look for name plaques. So I now know what this is called. Now I can showcase my photos for my Friday’s Florals post.
The Daily Post: WPC Enveloped
WRAPPED IN MIST ‘TIL THE SUN COMES UP
Spider Web Enveloped by Water Drops
Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped
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