Bromeliads are in a group of their own. In Order Bromeliales there is just
one Family (Bromeliaceae) which includes around 2,600 species. They range
in size from tiny moss-like plants only a few centimetres tall, to plants
over 4 metres tall with huge flowering stems. They are plants of the
Americas and most grow in tropical regions. Many collect water in a
cup-shaped rosette of leaves at the base of a short stem. The largest of
these "tank" bromeliads can hold 20 litres of water. Most bromeliads are
slow-growing and flower once when they are mature. After flowering the
plant gradually dies down.
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