Plants of Florida – Flowering Bromeliad Air Plant

Air Plant & Bromeliad at Corkscrew Swamp

Air Plant & Bromeliad





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The flowering air plant in this picture is one of over 540 species of a genus of evergreen perennial flowering plants. I took this picture while I was walking on the boardwalk of Audubons Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Fla. The plants scientific name is Tillandsia. It is also known as an Epiphyte (air plant) and are not harmful to the trees they grow on. Epiphytes are common in Florida and can be seen on many kinds of trees. They do not need soil to grow and only require sunlight, water and nutrients which they absorb from the moisture in the air and water running over their host tree. The red Bromeliad growing from this air plant is attractive to look at when you are walking through a swamp, slough or other plant habitat. They don’t look like they belong there but are native to Florida’s moist and humid environment.






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