"Every time you eat a pineapple, you are eating a bromeliad! There are approximately 2,877 different species of bromeliads divided into 56 genera. All bromeliads except for one species are native to the New World tropics and sub tropics. Their center of distribution is Brazil. The pineapple was the first bromeliad to be widely cultivated in horticulture. Christopher Columbus brought the plants to Europe from Guadeloupe in 1493. Because of their unique, water holding shapes, bromeliads growing in their native habitats often serve as drinking fountains or swimming pools for small animals living high in the treetops."~Google Search~
This magnificent beauty was growing proudly near a path leading to the beach! I loved it's towering structure, so very prim and proper. Not sure I've ever seen one growing by the beach before but it was Naples after all. The colors subtle against the rustic fence lent themselves to a perfect, harmonious capture.
Not sure which species or genera the above bromeliad belongs to, and did not realize the pineapple was part of the bromeliad family! Love learning something new everyday!
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