Plantidote of the Day 2011-12-14
This is a Bromeliad, a Neoregelia -- which has 5,000 cultivars -- so I’m not even going to try to guess on this one. This one is in bloom (which is called an inflorescence – basically a flower stalk) in the shallow water tank at the center of the plant. Bromeliads are of South American origin, range in habitat from tropical cloud forests to deserts.
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