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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

Examples of bromeliad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your vision will be taken up with the orange blooms of scarlet stars (a bromeliad), fragrant Indian jasmine, and brilliant flaming torch plants. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Tillandsia, more commonly known as air plants, includes Spanish moss, an epiphytic bromeliad commonly seen dripping from trees. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2022 Capable of growing up to fifty feet tall, this eye-catching organism serves as the earth’s largest bromeliad. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Once a bromeliad flowers, the original plant gradually declines. Tom Maccubbin,, 8 May 2021 The bromeliads in the trees and the variety of plant life was fascinating. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, 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,, 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, 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, 4 Oct. 2019 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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