Bromeliaceae

A. L. Jussieu
Common names: Bromeliad or Pineapple Family
Found in FNA Volume 22. Treatment on page 286.
Herbs, perennial, terrestrial, among or on rocks, or epiphytic. Roots usually present, often poorly developed in epiphytic taxa. Stems very short to very elongate. Leaves usually spirally arranged, forming water-impounding rosette, occasionally lax and/or 2-ranked, simple, margins serrate or entire, trichomes nearly always covering surface, peltate, water-absorbing. Inflorescences terminal or lateral, sessile to scapose, simple or compound; bracts usually present, conspicuous. Flowers bisexual or functionally unisexual, radially symmetric to slightly bilaterally symmetric; perianth in 2 distinct sets of 3; stamens in 2 series of 3; ovary inferior or superior; placentation axile. Fruits capsules or berries. Seeds plumose, winged, or unappendaged.

Distribution

Widely distributed in the Neotropics (1 species in West Africa).

Discussion

Bromeliaceae contain three subfamilies: Bromelioideae, Pitcairnioideae, and Tillandsioideae. Generic circumscriptions are problematic, especially in parts of the Bromelioideae and Tillandsioideae.

Pineapple, Ananas comosus (Linnaeus) Merrill, the only agriculturally important member of the family, is in worldwide cultivation in tropical climates. Horticultural interest in bromeliads is widespread among the public; the Bromeliad Society, Inc. caters to that interest.

Genera 56, species 2600+ (4 genera, 19 species, and 2 natural hybrids in the flora).

Key

1 Leaf margins spinose; flowers functionally unisexual, staminate and pistillate on different plants; seeds narrowly winged to almost wingless, plumose Hechtia
1 Leaf margins entire; flowers bisexual (in flora) or functionally unisexual; seeds not winged, plumose appendages basal or apical. > 2
2 Inflorescences 2-ranked, 1–50(–200)-flowered Tillandsia
2 Inflorescences many-ranked, 5–many-flowered. > 3
3 Floral bracts broad, conspicuous, mostly obscuring rachis, flowers laxly to densely arranged Guzmania
3 Floral bracts small, inconspicuous, not obscuring rachis, flowers laxly arranged Catopsis
Facts about "Bromeliaceae"
AuthorHarry E. Luther + and Gregory K. Brown +
Common nameBromeliad or Pineapple Family +
IllustratorYevonn Wilson-Ramsey +
Referencebrown1989b +, brown1989c +, brown1992a +, smith1974a +, smith1977b + and smith1979a +
Taxon nameBromeliaceae +
Taxon rankfamily +
VolumeVolume 22 +