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Indoor Plants


            An Exotic touch to thE intEriors

                                                                                            —	s.M.sailaja, dr.yogesh.saitwal

            Few cultivated species

                  Gazumania ligulata            Vriesea cannes grande astrid                                 Gazumania ligulata               Combination of species

             Bromeliads belonging to Bromeliaceae family, commonly called as air plant, blushing bromeliad, pink quill, queen’s tears, rainbow star,
             scarlet star, vase or urn plant, zebra plant. Their colourful bracts last several months, making them ideal house plants, particularly
             for a warm conservatory or glasshouse. Flowering occurs any time during the growing season.
             Bromeliads are able to live in a vast array of environmental conditions due to their many adaptations. Bromeliads have developed an
             adaptation known as the tank habit, which involves them forming a tightly bound structure with their leaves that helps to capture
             water and nutrients in the absence of a well-developed root system. Bromeliads also use CAM photosynthesis to create sugars. This
             adaptation allows bromeliads in hot or dry climates to open their stomata at night rather than during the day, which reduces water

            description                 may	 have	 leaves	 with	 red,	  plant  family.  Some  flower   the	plants.
               Bromeliads	     foliage	  yellow,	 white	 and	 cream	  spikes	 may	 reach	 10	 m	 tall,	  Root	  systems	  vary
            takes	 different	 shapes,	 from	  variations.	 Others	 may	 be	  while	 others	 only	 measure	  according	 to	 plant	 type.
            needle-thin to broad and flat,   spotted	 with	 purple,	 red,	 or	  2–3	 mm	 across.	 Upright	  Terrestrial	 bromeliad	 species
            symmetrical	  to	  irregular,	  cream,	while	few	others	have	  stalks	 may	 be	 branched	 or	  have	complex	root	systems	that
            spiny	 to	 soft.	 The	 foliage,	  different	 colors	 on	 the	 tops	  simple	 with	 spikes	 retaining	  gather	 water	 and	 nutrients,
            which	 usually	 grows	 in	 a	  and	bottoms	of	the	leaves.  their	 color	 from	 two	 weeks	  while	 epiphytic	 bromeliads
            rosette,	 is	 widely	 patterned	  The    inflorescences   up	 to	 12	 months,	 depending	  only	grow	hard,	wiry	roots	to
            and	colored.	Leaf	colors	range	  produced	 by	 bromeliads	 are	  on	 species.	 In	 some	 species,	  attach	themselves	to	trees	and
            from	maroon,	through	shades	  also	regarded	as	considerably	  the  flower  remains  unseen,   rocks.	 They	 are	 not	 parasitic
            of	 green,	 to	 gold.	 Varieties	  more	 diverse	 than	 any	 other	  growing	 deep	 in	 the	 base	 of	  but	simply	use	the	structures

                 Gazumania ligulata                                        Tillandsia cyanea         Billbergia nutans                                       Aechmea fasciata

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