BROMELIACEAE - Pineapple Family

Short-stemmed epiphytes, a few terrestrial

Leaves basal and rosette forming, stiff and spiny

Flowers usually bisexual, actinomorphic, highly colored and subtended by brightly colored bracts

Fruit a berry, capsule, or multiple

45 genera, 2000 species in tropical America and West Indies

Tillandsia usneoides - Spanish Moss, occurs throughout S.E. U.S.

Economic uses: pineapple, ornamentals (greenhouse)

Diagnostic characteristics: epiphyte, stiff leaves, highly-colored flowers and bracts.