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Definition of bromeliad

: any of the chiefly tropical American usually epiphytic plants comprising the pineapple family and including Spanish moss and various ornamentals

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Recent Examples on the Web The bromeliads in the trees and the variety of plant life was fascinating. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, "Tears for the Magnificent and Shrinking Everglades, a ‘River of Grass’," 27 Jan. 2020 Or, leave all the green to lightly yellowing fronds, which would be even healthier for your palms. A: Feel free to remove the flower stalk, known as an inflorescence, from your bromeliads at any time. Tom Maccubbin,, "Trim viburnum hedges in next few weeks," 21 Sep. 2019 The team looked at bromeliads in plantations—some of which had been treated with insecticides for more than twenty years—and in untreated forests. Jake Buehler, National Geographic, "How pesticides can actually increase mosquito numbers," 31 May 2019 Fall Plant Sale includes California natives, cactus, succulents, bromeliads, fruit trees and subtropical plants. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 21. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "It’s fall, which means it’s prime plant sale time in Southern California," 4 Oct. 2019 Problem: Dank, Boggy Bathroom Air Solution: Ferns love lingering dampness, as do bromeliads (the latter often have fairly wimpy roots and truly need ambient humidity to stay alive). Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Good Plants for Bad Spaces: How to Get Your Greenery Thriving in the Most Challenging Conditions," 14 Jan. 2020 That’s the word used to describe similar sprouts coming up around a mature bromeliad plant. Neil Sperry,, "Down to Earth: Bagging bagworms worth the unpleasant effort," 16 Jan. 2020 The fair will offer both native and exotic plans from all over the state including orchids, air plants, fruit trees, bamboo and bromeliads. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair returns for 25th year," 6 Nov. 2019 Orchids and bromeliads reverse the process at night and in a bedroom will keep the air well oxygenated. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Blodgett: As the inside season arrives, here are some tips to help us all get along," 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bromeliad

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bromeliad

New Latin Bromelia, genus of tropical American plants, from Olaf Bromelius †1705 Swedish botanist

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“Bromeliad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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