bromeliad

noun
bro·me·li·ad | \brō-ˈmē-lē-ˌad \

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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The study looked at bromeliads at 51 locations across Miami-Dade County, center of a Zika outbreak in 2016. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "You love your bromeliads. So do mosquitoes that carry Zika," 15 June 2018 Divide and replant perennials including shasta daises, gerbera, bromeliads and many bulbs. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 Other ground covers might include ivy, ferns and bromeliads for the shady locations. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Timely pruning renews azaleas' vigor and blooms," 28 Apr. 2018 Naples Botanical Garden What do towering bamboos, crepe myrtle, jack fruit banyan trees, orange bromeliads and bougainvillea have in common? New York Times, "6 Great Gardens to Visit in Florida," 16 Feb. 2018 After flowering, bromeliads die, but this can take a long time. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "When grass or gravel won't do, these plants are easy and attractive ground cover | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 The centerpiece of the Brazilian garden is a mosaic by Marx; bromeliads in pink, purple, yellow and orange mirror his colors. New York Times, "6 Great Gardens to Visit in Florida," 16 Feb. 2018 Vendors from across the county will supply an array of plants ranging from succulents, veggies, annuals and perennials to Staghorn ferns, bromeliads and proteas. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Gala raises $170K for Boys & Girls Club," 11 May 2018 Matt and Julie White, who are remodeling their new home in Newport Beach, Calif., have installed a 16-foot wall planted with lush kangaroo ferns and magenta-hue bromeliads in their interior courtyard with a pool. WSJ, "When Your Home Has Its Very Own Jungle," 24 May 2018

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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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